LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Navy police stopped a sailor who seemed drunk when he drove to the gate of the San Diego base early Saturday morning, then sped away and hit a couple police cars before officers shot him, authorities said.

The sailor was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, and doctors performed surgery on him, said Brian O'Rourke, a Navy spokesman.

His condition after surgery was not immediately known, and the Navy plans to eventually take him into custody.

Navy police arrested another sailor who was riding in the car with the driver, O'Rourke said. The driver had stopped to let that second sailor out of the car, while he was being chased by police officers in cars and on foot.

Scott Sutherland, a Navy spokesman, said incidents like this are "extremely rare" at the naval base.

The Navy did not immediately release the names and ranks of the two sailors, or say what charges they may face.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Greg McCune)

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