Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

Gulfport police release footage of pursuit that ended with bus crash

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities released video Wednesday of Monday's high-speed chase that began in Gulfport but ended in a crash in St. Petersburg.

The footage from police cruiser dashboard cameras, shows that less than a mile of the pursuit of a stolen Toyota Venza was in Gulfport.

After that, Gulfport police pursued the car at high speeds through St. Petersburg streets. The 14-minute chase ended in the Jordan Park neighborhood when the car T-boned a PSTA bus. The bus then slid into an apartment building.

Two men in the stolen car were injured but an unrestrained baby in the back seat was unharmed. Several bus riders were treated by paramedics.

Gulfport police Chief Robert Vincent has said his agency is reviewing the pursuit, which is standard policy. The department also is re-examining its policy on interacting with other police agencies.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster had harsh words about the chase after the crash, and said that under the same circumstances, his police officers would not have pursued.

Vincent said each community has its own standards when it comes to pursuit policies.

"In Gulfport we're not going to let people drive around in stolen cars," Vincent said.

The driver of the stolen Toyota, Derrick Mims, 21, faces several charges.

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