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Chase after drive-by shooting ends with car hitting building

CLEARWATER — Three men were arrested and another remained at large Sunday night after a drive-by shooting that ended with a car crashing into a building, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies who were in the area saw shots being fired from a 2007 Kia at Ulmerton Road and 119th Street N at about 8:50 p.m.

At least one bullet hit Jeffrey Kenneth Dixon, 21, in the upper right thigh. He was taken to Largo Medical Center for treatment and is expected to recover.

Deputies said the Kia fled with four people inside. The deputies turned on their lights and sirens and started a pursuit. The vehicle didn't stop.

At one point, deputies used stop sticks to deflate the Kia's right front tire. The vehicle continued on, and while making a right turn onto Fairmont Street it struck the Green Market at 1701 N Fort Harrison Avenue, deputies said.

The crash damaged a plywood display outside the building.

After the crash, one of the passengers fled the scene. Deputies arrested the driver, 18-year-old Deotrist Berrien of Largo, on a charge of fleeing arrest. Passengers Orian Reckley and Craig Gordon, both 19 and of Clearwater, face charges of possession of marijuana.

Deputies said they found two handguns that were thrown from the Kia during the chase.

The investigation is ongoing, and the search for a fourth suspect continues.

Chase after drive-by shooting ends with car hitting building 05/30/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 30, 2011 3:39pm]

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