Gulfport PD release dashcam video of pursuit

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Video: Gulfport Police release dashcam video of chase

Gulfport, Florida --  Gulfport Police released two 30 minute DVDs showing the dash cam video from two police cruisers as officers pursued a stolen vehicle.

Gulfport Police say it started Monday evening when Officer Jesse Kellington spotted a stolen Toyota Venza. He attempted to pull over the vehicle in the area of Gulfport Boulevard and 51st Street, but the driver took off.

Related Story: Gulfport reviewing policy on police chases

Police say Officer Kellington pursued the stolen vehicle in accordance with department policy.

The pursuit lasts for about 12 minutes according to dash cam video. You can see the Toyota Venza make several turns in Gulfport before eventually driving onto I-375 and then I-275 where police say the driver reached speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

At several points in the videos, you see the driver of the stolen car make dangerous passes of other vehicles on the road and continuing to do so as he exited off of the 28th Street South exit in St. Petersburg where the driver is then seen driving over the curb to pass a car stopped at a stop sign.

The pursuit continues into the Jordan Park neighborhood at speeds of about 40 miles per hour.

During the final turn onto 11th Avenue South and 28th Street South when it crashed into a PSTA bus that was carrying six people, including a driver.

The bus struck the side of an apartment building, with the stolen vehicle still crashed into its side.

You can see one of the four people in the stolen car get out and run. He is wearing red shorts and a black top.

Moments later, you then see the officer approach the vehicle and remove a two year old child from the car. The child did not appear to be injured, but was taken to All Children's Hospital as a precaution.  

Police say the child was not restrained and there was not a car seat inside of the car.

The driver, Derrick Mims, 21, was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. He is facing charges of grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding, and child endangerment.

The front seat passenger was taken to the hospital and treated for serious injuries.

Gulfport Police say they are conducting a pursuit review in addition to a traffic crash investigation, to ensure the officers followed the department's pursuit policy. This is standard operating procedure anytime something like this happens.

Gulfport Police say their policy allows an officer to pursue someone if they believe a the driver committed a forcible felony. In this case, police say the forcible felony was burglary, grand theft auto.


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