TARPON SPRINGS — Two minors face felony charges in connection with a series of burglaries during the past few weeks after crashing a car early Monday while trying to avoid an officer's traffic stop, police said.
The suspects, whose names were not released, were taken to Helen Ellis Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after the 1998 red Ford Mustang they were riding in slammed into CK Hair Design, 1201 N Pinellas Ave., near Anclote Boulevard.
Investigators said they found stolen property from suspected burglaries inside the vehicle.
About 12:50 a.m., an officer saw the driver commit several traffic violations near the intersection of Carlton Road and Meres Boulevard, including running a stop sign and failing to stay in a single lane, authorities said.
The driver ignored the officer's attempt to stop the vehicle, police said, and continued nearly 3 miles until the car crashed.
Police said the building and car sustained major damage.