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2 women arrested in Hillsborough after crashing stolen car


2 women in stolen car arrested after crash

Deputies arrested two women in a stolen car Saturday night after they hit a pedestrian, a sheriff's cruiser and two other cars as they raced through the county, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The mayhem began at 7:39 p.m. when a person called authorities to report a suspicious vehicle, deputies said.

When the car was spotted at Nundy Highway and U.S. 41, deputies confirmed the car was stolen and involved in several other crimes in the Gibsonton area this week. Deputies tried to pull the car over, but the women sped away, got onto northbound Interstate 75 and exited on State Road 60, where the stolen car struck a man at the intersection of Lakewood Drive.

The man was taken by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. While trying to elude arrest, the women also hit a sheriff's cruiser and two other cars. The two women, who have not been identified, were arrested at the scene of the final crash.

The pedestrian was the only person injured in the chase, deputies said.


Kids with fireworks may have set blaze, officials say

A brush fire that produced smoke that could be seen for miles Saturday may have been caused by children playing with fireworks, authorities said.

Fire crews from the Oldsmar Fire Department and the Division of Forestry battled the fire, which is believed to have started about 4 p.m. in Mobbly Park. Witnesses reported seeing youths playing with fireworks, according to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The fire in woods near the Higgins Power Plant stayed clear of homes. Up to 60 acres may have been scorched, officials said. No one was hurt, and there were no evacuations.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Times staff

2 women arrested in Hillsborough after crashing stolen car 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 11:07pm]
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