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Man fleeing St. Petersburg traffic stop injures himself, three others, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A 27-year-old man sent three people to the hospital Wednesday night as he fled police, officials said.

Jaylin L. Benniefield was driving a 1998 Honda Accord on 22nd Avenue S near 31st Street just before 10:30 p.m. when police officer tried to pull him over.

Benniefield sped east on 22nd Avenue, swerving in and out of the westbound lanes, police said. Authorities ended the pursuit after about three blocks.

As Benniefield cross back over the double yellow line after passing another eastbound vehicle, police said, he rear-ended a 2007 Toyota Camry carrying Katrina Peak, 47, and her husband, Robert, 51.

Benniefield then veered into the outside lane and crashed into a taxi driven by Devon Irwin, 45, police said.

Irwin, the Peakses and Benniefield were taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.

Police expect Benniefield will face multiple charges.

It isn't the first time he has tried to run from the law, records show.

He was sentenced to a year and a half of parole in May for fleeing officers.

Benniefield also has been arrested numerous times in Pinellas County in the past five years, according to jail records.

He has been charged with drug possession, trafficking, disorderly conduct and battery of a law enforcement officer.

Man fleeing St. Petersburg traffic stop injures himself, three others, police say 11/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2011 11:37pm]
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