Police say two officers were injured while pursuing an SUV that allegedly tried to hit them during a chase through Halifax early Friday morning.

They say a white SUV was doing damage to a sculpture on the Halifax waterfront at about 4:20 a.m. and began to follow it.

Officers say when they approached the vehicle in the Bayers Road area, the driver sped toward them to strike them, but they were able to jump out of the way.

“At that point, police realized this was a huge safety concern,” said Const. Diane Woodworth of Halifax Regional Police.

They say the SUV also drove toward another police car before it fled onto a highway, where they allege the driver again tried to hit a police car.

Police say the driver turned the lights off and drove the wrong way on Highway 102 before stopping, when police arrested the 30-year-old driver and a 28-year-old passenger.

The chase ended near the Hammonds Plains exit, 20 kilometres from where it started.

They say one officer was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries while the SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

Daniel Males, 30, appeared in Halifax provincial court to face charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle while impaired, assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, and resisting arrest. 

The 28-year-old was released without charges.

Males was released on condition and will appear in court again in May.

With files from The Canadian Press and CTV Atlantic’s Matt Woodman.