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Three arrested after St. Pete police pursue stolen car


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Three men inside a reported stolen car were arrested after a 10-minute pursuit by officers early Monday, St. Peterburg police said.

About 3:20 a.m., officers said they spotted Darrell Antonio Carter, 36, driving a blue 2014 Volkswagen Jetta traveling near 18th Avenue South and 14th Street in the Midtown area.

Officers said they attempted to stop the car near 20th Avenue South and 15th Street, but Carter failed to stop and drove directly at a police cruiser, causing the officer to take evasive action.

A pursuit was then authorized that briefly went into Gulfport, officials said. Carter lost control of the car, striking an unoccupied vehicle parked in a driveway on the 3000 block of 22nd Avenue South, police said.

The car was reported stolen Aug. 5 from a home in the Snell Isle area, police said. The owner told police a spare set of keys may have been in the car when it was taken.

Carter faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding, auto theft, driving with a suspended license (felony) and possession of marijuana.

The passengers, Bryan Michael Vicario, 23, and Chad Springer, 22, face charges of trespassing in a conveyance and possession of marijuana.

Two of the suspects were taken to a hospital after the collision, but preliminary information indicated their injuries were not serious, a police spokesman said.

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