A police officer was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon with minor injuries after authorities say an SUV rammed his squad car on purpose while he was following another SUV believed to be stolen.

The officer was following the stolen black Jeep Wrangler on Welsh Road near Craig Street in Holmesburg around 1:45 p.m., police said, when a white Jeep intentionally hit the back of his car. Both SUVs fled, according to police. The officer was taken to Aria Health-Torresdale Campus to be treated for neck pain, police said.

Police found the stolen black Wrangler unoccupied about two blocks from where the officer's car was hit, and the white Jeep, also unoccupied, in nearby Holme Circle.

Police arrested two men in connection with the incident at Holme Avenue and Arthur Street, a few blocks from where the white Jeep was found. - Morgan Zalot