St. Petersburg suspect runs over officer's foot, police say; high-speed chase ends in crash, capture

ST. PETERSBURG — A vehicle that ran over an officer's foot on Friday afternoon led police on a high-speed chase and then crashed into a civilian vehicle, according to St. Petersburg police.

Neither the officer nor the occupants of the civilian vehicle appear to have been seriously injured, police said.

The scene of the crash — First Avenue S and 31st Street — and the surrounding streets have been shut down. Motorists should avoid the area for a while.

According to police, Officer Ronald Sparrow of the street crimes unit pulled the vehicle over in the area of Yarmouth Avenue S and 47th Street about 4:28 p.m.

The officer was near the vehicle, police said, when it suddenly drove at him, then ran over his foot.

Police started a high-speed pursuit. The justification: aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer. The pursuit jumped onto northbound Interstate 275, lasted about 10 minutes and ended about three miles north when the suspect vehicle crashed into another vehicle.

The driver was taken into custody at the scene, police said, while the passenger ran. Eventually the passenger was also taken into custody after officers searched the area. Neither one was identified by police, nor what charges they may face.

Police also did not identify who was in the vehicle that the suspects collided with or what their condition might be.

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St. Petersburg suspect runs over officer's foot, police say; high-speed chase ends in crash, capture 09/09/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 7:25pm]

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