Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Gulfport police release footage of pursuit that ended with bus crash 07/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa man crashes into parked cars, gate at the Islamic Society of Tampa Mosque

    Crime

    A Tampa man intentionally drove his pick-up truck into two parked vehicles before smashing through the locked gate of the Islamic Society of Tampa Mosque, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Shaun H. Urwiler, 42, was arrested July 16 for intentionally driving his pick-up truck into two parked vehicles before smashing through the locked gate of the Islamic Society of Tampa Mosque, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  2. USF hoops to play at Indiana in November

    Blogs

    The USF men's basketball team is set to get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse in non-conference play next season.

  3. Last steel beam marks construction milestone for Tom and Mary James' museum

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tom and Mary James on Wednesday signed their names to the last steel beam framing the 105-ton stone mesa that will be built at the entrance of the museum that bears their name: the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.

    The topping-out ceremony of the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art was held Wednesday morning in downtown St. Petersburg. Mary James (from left), husband Tom and Mayor Rick Kriseman signed the final beam before it was put into place. When finished, the $55 million museum at 100 Central Ave. will hold up to 500 pieces of the couple's 3,000-piece art collection. [Courtesy of James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art]
  4. Florida's school grades improve as educators get the hang of a new system

    Testing

    Following a trend, Florida's school grades showed strong gains in the third year after the state changed its grading formula and the standardized tests that students take every year.

    After finding out earlier Wednesday that her school went from a low C to an A,  Bear Creek Elementary principal Willette Houston celebrates with her students in the YMCA After School program at the school in St. Petersburg. Houston is giving a high five to rising fifth grader Jonaven Viera. Rising 4th grader Jonathan Cafaro is in foreground with his back to camera. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  5. Tampa Bay woman, 11-year-old boy had sex up to 20 times the year their baby was born, detectives say.

    Crime

    TAMPA — A woman sexually battered an 11-year-old Brandon boy, got pregnant and raised the baby for three years before a tip led to her arrest, Hillsborough County sheriff's officials said.

    Marissa Mowry, now 25,  had sex as many as 20 times in 2014 with a boy who was 11 when he impregnated her, Hillsborough County detectives allege. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]