HOUSTON — Three women have been shot and wounded by Houston police as a miles-long chase ended with the driver of a car hitting a tree and fire hydrant on a dead-end street and then backing up to ram a patrol car.

Authorities say one woman shot was a bystander in the neighborhood where the chase ended as officers opened fire.

Police Chief Art Acevedo says the chase began as officers tried to pull over an SUV that made an illegal U-turn. As the SUV sped along Interstate 69, the driver and her passenger tossed out the window large bags of what’s believed to be marijuana.

The three women wounded are hospitalized in good condition. Acevedo says the driver and passenger likely will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.