Suspects caught following carjacking, police chase in St. Pete

8:07 PM, Feb 27, 2014   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Two men were caught Thursday evening shortly after they carjacked an elderly woman and sparked a pursuit that caused several accidents.

St. Pete Police say around 4:15 p.m., a 91-year-old woman was driving her Toyota Venza at 23rd Avenue North and 7th Street when two men in a stolen black Dodge Ram pickup truck hit her car. When she pulled over, one of them pulled her from the car, and drove off leaving her in the road with the pickup truck following behind.

About an hour later, a patrol car then spotted the stolen car near 14th Avenue South and 12th Street, and the deputy was given authorization to pursue the suspects. After about 20 minutes, a sheriff's office helicopter joined the pursuit and the patrol cars backed off.

During the chase, the stolen car caused four accidents before the carjackers jumped from their vehicle in the 800 block of Paris Avenue South and ran off between some houses.

The two suspects were both caught and arrested. Their identities have not been released at this time. The pickup truck has not yet been located.

The elderly woman was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with a head injury. Her condition is not known at this time. One of the occupants in a subsequent accident was taken to the hospital with back pain.

10 News will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.

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