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St. Petersburg teens charged in theft of minivan that crashed

ST. PETERSBURG — Two teenagers were arrested after authorities say they stole a minivan and drove it into a utility pole while fleeing a deputy.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says deputies Sunday saw a red Dodge Caravan that had been reported stolen. As a deputy tried to pull the vehicle over, the minivan sped away and crashed into a utility pole a few blocks away.

No one was hurt, and two of the vehicle's three occupants were arrested.

Renard T. Woods, 17, and a 15-year-old, both of St. Petersburg, were arrested about 9 p.m.

Woods was charged with grand theft auto, aggravated fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, no valid driver's license and resisting arrest without violence. The 15-year-old was charged with grand theft auto, resisting arrest without violence and carrying a concealed weapon.

St. Petersburg teens charged in theft of minivan that crashed 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 11:13am]
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