St. Petersburg police chase ends in crash

5:10 PM, Jul 23, 2012   |    comments
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Video: St. Pete police chase ends in crash


St. Petersburg, Florida -- Two people had to be cut from the mangled wreckage of a car crash that resulted from an authorized police pursuit.

St. Petersburg police say they were called to at least three separate locations regarding televisions being stolen from homes in the Allendale neighborhood late Monday morning. When they found the white Hyundai that witnesses described, it sped away.

Officers pursued the suspects south on 4th Street, then headed west when the suspects drove through some barricades on the south side of Crescent Lake Park.

The pursuit reportedly continued until the suspects collided with a car at 15th Avenue N. and 4th Street, then crashed into several vehicles at the intersection of 9th Avenue North and Dr. Martin Luther King Street.

Witnesses say the crash sounded like a loud explosion, and that at least three suspects seemed to get out of their car unharmed.

Three of the suspects tried to run, while one stayed in the damaged car. One of them even tried to escape to a nearby Walgreens, according to police, but they were all caught.

They've been identified as 16-year-old Quade Everett, 18-year-old Jatoney Robson, 21-year-old Jacquez Lovette, and 17-year-old Dawun Merriex.

According to police, the license plate on the car the suspects drove was reported as stolen in Treasure Island.

Several people were taken to the hospital, including the suspects. The St. Petersburg Police Department says their injuries were minor, and they were being taken to the hospital as a precaution before being arrested and charged with various crimes, ranging from burglary to fleeing and eluding.

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