PINELLAS PARK — A purse-snatching led to a nearly 3-mile chase that ended with two arrests but no serious injuries Saturday night.
Driver Anthony Waymond Debose, 18, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and accused of ramming a police car, fleeing from law enforcement and auto theft, authorities said. Brandie Nicole Fulton, 29, faces a robbery charge.
It started at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 8001 U.S. 19, where the two drove a stolen sport utility vehicle by a woman as Fulton grabbed her purse, Pinellas Park police Lt. Paul Andrews said.
The victim, who was pushing her granddaughter in a shopping cart, was dragged but wasn't seriously hurt.
The SUV, a Jeep Cherokee, took off north on U.S. 19, where officers tried to pull it over. The chase reached speeds of 75 mph in a 45 mph zone on Bryan Dairy Road. Just before Belcher Road, the Cherokee hit a curb and blew out two tires.
The driver pulled into a residential area and backed out into a police roadblock on Starkey Road.
But the SUV didn't stop. Instead, it rammed a police car about three times and spun it out, Andrews said. The officer suffered a minor back injury.
The Cherokee lost control and ended up in a ditch on the west side of Starkey Road, Andrews said.
There, police arrested the two suspects and determined the car was stolen from St. Petersburg, though the owner hadn't yet reported the theft.