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Driver of car that rammed St. Petersburg police cruiser, hurt officer had suspended license

ST. PETERSBURG — The 26-year-old man who rammed a police cruiser on 25th Avenue S before speeding off and crashing into another vehicle Wednesday was driving with a suspended license, jail records show.

Marquis Ahomnd Green of St. Petersburg is charged with driving with a suspended license, fleeing police, battery and possession of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

The incident began about 8 p.m. as police stopped a Toyota Solara in the 4800 block of 25th Avenue S in connection with a drug investigation, said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

Green's car suddenly rammed the driver's side of a police cruiser — with Officer Ronald Sparrow inside — and fled north on 49th Street, according to police and records.

In his report about the incident, Sparrow wrote, "I was in fear for my life at the time."

Police pursued the vehicle, which is allowed under the department's chase policy because of aggravated battery against the officer, Puetz said.

At Fifth Avenue N, the Toyota ran a red light and struck a Dodge Stratus in the intersection, police said. The Dodge, driven by 19-year-old Corey Devine Givens, careened into a nearby building, and the Toyota stopped over a fire hydrant, police said.

Police officers reported finding a pill of ecstasy in the Toyota's cup holder, crack cocaine scattered on the floor beneath the driver's seat, and a marijuana blunt also on the floor.

Givens, of St. Petersburg, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center.

Green suffered serious injuries and was also taken to Bayfront. It was not clear Thursday whether Green remained in the hospital or in jail.

Green has a long history of drug offenses in Pinellas County, and in 2009 he was charged with resisting arrest.

Driver of car that rammed St. Petersburg police cruiser, hurt officer had suspended license 07/07/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2011 1:27pm]
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