A man is in the hospital Sunday after the Wausau Police Department said he crashed following a short chase.

Early Sunday morning, a Wausau police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation in the area of Grand Avenue and Sturgeon Eddy Road in Wausau. The operator attempted to flee and a short vehicle pursuit ensured before the vehicle crashed and caught fire near Memorial Park.

Wausau police on scene extinguished the fire.

The operator, a 22-year-old male, sustained significant injuries, required extraction by Wausau Fire Department staff and was transported to Aspirus Wausau Hospital for medical treatment.

Due to the injuries sustained, the Wisconsin State Patrol was requested to conduct the accident and criminal investigation.