ST. PETERSBURG — Two teen suspects were arrested Friday after they tried to ram a St. Petersburg police cruiser then led officers on a high-speed chase, authorities said.
The driver, identified as Chad Springer, 18 of 4627 Second Ave S and his passenger, an unidentified 17-year-old, were captured after a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect vehicle crashing into a tree at 18th Avenue S and 44th Street, police said.
Neither appeared to be seriously injured, police said, but the juvenile was taken to Bayfront Medical Center as a precaution. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.
Around 1:23 p.m., police said officers tried to stop their vehicle near 22nd Avenue S and 38th Street because it didn't have a visible license plate.
Instead, police said, the vehicle fled from the officers into Childs Park. Police said they didn't authorize a high-speed pursuit of the vehicle until it was seen again several minutes later at 17th Avenue Sand 37th Street. The driver drove right at an officer, police said, who had to swerve away to avoid a collision.
That's when police authorized the chase.
Springer, who police said is a suspect in an earlier auto theft, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, auto theft and marijuana possession. The juvenile also will be charged with marijuana possession, police said.