Update: 4 officers out of the hospital after getting sick from chemical

They'd pulled over a suspicious vehicle – only to be overwhelmed a chemical coming from inside.

The four Blaine police officers who were taken to the hospital after getting sick from breathing in chemicals have been released.

The officers were responding to a suspicious vehicle that fled when an officer attempted to pull it over Tuesday morning. Once they stopped the vehicle, officers reported having trouble breathing, being dizzy and weak, a news release says.

They were taken to the hospital, and have all since been released.

An investigation into what chemical they breathed in shows the source was probably a combination of a leaking propane tank and "a number of used spray paint cans" that were in the van police pulled over.

Police say the driver of the van was also treated at the hospital and released, while the passenger of the vehicle was questioned and released.

The investigation into the suspicious vehicle is ongoing, but police say in addition to fleeing the officer, they found a loaded gun in the vehicle.

You can read the story from earlier Tuesday below. 

Four Blaine police officers had to be taken to the hospital after pulling over a suspicious vehicle and being overwhelmed by some kind of chemical coming from inside.

The incident started around 8:18 a.m. Tuesday when an officer tried to make a traffic stop on a "suspicious vehicle" near Lexington Avenue and Ball Road in Blaine, Lt. Dan Pelkey of the police department told GoMN.

The vehicle failed to stop, and a chase ensured, eventually ending when the officer used a PIT maneuver at County Road 23 and Town Center Parkway in Lino Lakes.

When officers were taking the two men who were in the vehicle into custody, they were overcome by a "chemical emitting from the vehicle," Pelkey said. Four officers in total ended up having difficulty breathing and were transported to the hospital.

Pelkey said they don't know what the chemical is, but the officers are expected to be OK. He also wasn't sure if the suspects were sickened.

A chemical assessment team is on the scene trying to figure out what could have made the officers sick.

Pelkey said he wasn't sure what made the vehicle suspicious to begin with, because the officer who was initiating the stop is being treated.

The Blaine Police Department is expected to release more information about what happened later Tuesday.

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