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Pinellas deputies: Teens in stolen car ram cruiser while fleeing

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 01:58 AM

A stolen car with three teens inside rammed a police cruiser and then swiped a civilian vehicle while fleeing arrest Wednesday night, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

After a chase, deputies stopped the 2009 Nissan Maxima using a PIT maneuver in the area of Lake Maggiore Park in St. Petersburg. Deputies said they located a handgun in the area.

The 16-year-old driver, along with the passengers, ages 16 and 17, were arrested.

According to deputies, St. Petersburg police had advised law enforcement to be on the lookout for the Nissan and a stolen 2010 Dodge Charger. Deputies said they received information and spotted the Nissan in the area of Osprey Point apartment complex, off 54th Avenue South at 20th Way.

The Nissan's driver rammed a St. Petersburg police cruiser, ripping the front bumper off, officials said. The Nissan then fled north to 54th Avenue South, where it side-swiped a civilian vehicle while turning east onto 54th Avenue, officials said.

Pursuing Pinellas deputies used a PIT maneuver – ramming a cruiser into the Nissan and forcing it to spin – at 40th Avenue South and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, the sheriff's office said.

The teens exited the Nissan and fled on foot toward Lake Maggiore Park, and a canine deputy tracked then down, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies said they later located the stolen Dodge at the Osprey Point apartments.

The teen driver was charged with grand theft auto, hit and run, aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, and aggravated fleeing and eluding. He also faces an unrelated warrant for violation of conditional release on a carjacking charge.

The other teens face charges of trespass in a conveyance and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors.

The three were transported to the county's Juvenile Assessment Center.

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