MADEIRA BEACH Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested three men early Monday after they crashed a stolen Dodge Ram into a guardrail near an elementary school after a high-speed chase.
Driver Lawrence J. Bingham, 21, is charged with grand theft auto, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Raymond D. Lewis and Issac Day Carty, both 19, are charged with grand theft auto.
About 2:07 a.m. deputies responded to a burglary in progress at 10748 63rd Ave. N. About 3:19 a.m., another vehicle burglary was reported at 8813 Magnolia Court. Soon after, deputies saw what they believed to be the stolen Dodge near Magnolia Drive and Starkey Road and attempted a traffic stop that prompted a chase in excess of 100 mph, the wrong way down multiple streets and through several stop lights, according to police. Bingham, who is also a suspect in a shooting, swerved the truck "within inches" of Deputy Darius Hill, who was stopping traffic, according to an arrest report.
Bingham lost control of the truck while heading south on 113th Street, crashing into the guardrail leading to the steps of Madeira Beach Elementary School at 591 150th Ave.
Bingham was treated from a local hospital for minor injuries and released.