ST. PETE BEACH — A 20-year-old man driving a stolen vehicle with a runaway teenage girl inside was arrested Wednesday after police said he struck a police cruiser and led officers on a brief chase.
Korey Everett, of 5036 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg, was charged with aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding and driving without a valid driver's license.
The juvenile, a 16-year-old girl who was not identified by police because of her age, was charged with grand theft auto.
According to police, undercover St. Petersburg detectives in an unmarked vehicle followed the stolen 2008 Toyota Scion into St. Pete Beach. They asked for a marked St. Pete Beach police cruiser to pull the stolen car over at 2:45 p.m., police said. The Scion was on northbound Blind Pass Road and 86th Avenue.
But when the St. Pete Beach police car pulled behind the Scion and activated its lights, according to police, the stolen car fled, striking the St. Petersburg police cruiser in the adjacent northbound lane.
Officers chased the stolen Scion onto Gulf Boulevard, and when the driver turned onto Punta Vista Drive, the car struck a median and damaged a water main shutoff. Officers then used tire-deflation devices to punch holes in the right front and rear tires of the Scion.
The man and the teenager abandoned the Scion at 41st Avenue and Moody Street, police said, but were captured in a nearby back yard about 20 minutes after striking the police vehicle.
The two St. Petersburg detectives were not injured in the crash. Everett was being held Thursday in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $20,250 bail. The status of the juvenile was unknown.
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