A member of a work crew chased after a dog along Interstate 94 in Minneapolis late Sunday morning and was slightly hurt by a car, authorities said.

The incident occurred in a construction zone on the westbound side of the interstate just north of the Dowling Avenue exit, according to the State Patrol.

The crew was part of what is called "sentencing to serve," which has minimum-security inmates carry out various forms of supervised community service, often involving cleanup work along highways.

About 11:35 a.m., a worker on the crew saw a dog and chased it onto the interstate, said Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson.

The worker "ran into [the] side" of a car, suffered minor injuries and was taken to nearby Hennepin County Medical Center, Nielson said.

The dog, described as a small white terrier, escaped the incident unharmed but has yet to be found, the lieutenant said.

Paul Walsh