Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg man crashes into fire hydrant after brief police chase

ST. PETERSBURG — Authorities arrested a 30-year-old man after he led them on a brief chase that ended when he grazed a building and crashed into a fire hydrant late Wednesday.

Gregory Cunningham Jr., of St. Petersburg, was driving a stolen white, 2002 Honda Accord when Pinellas sheriff's deputies arrested him about 10:30 p.m. near Central Avenue and 38th Street N.

The county's Violent Crimes Task Force initiated a pursuit just minutes earlier, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said deputies tried to stop the Honda near 37th Street and Burlington Avenue N after determining it was stolen.

"At that point the driver accelerated his vehicle and rammed it front first into a cruiser," Barreda said.

Cunningham crashed a few blocks later. He fled but was caught by a police canine unit.

Lawyer Jamy Magro owns a building at 3775 Central Ave. A surveillance video on his building shows a white car running off the road and grazing the side, leaving scrape marks on the wall. The car then comes to a stop after it smashes into a fire hydrant on the corner.

Early Thursday, St. Petersburg maintenance workers were replacing the hydrant and said it would probably take 10 hours to complete the job.

Magro estimated it will cost about $1,000 to replace or fix a chipped door frame, cracked concrete and wall.

Cunningham, of 5226 Fifth St. S, was charged with grand theft, fleeing and eluding police, leaving the scene of an accident, drug possession and aggravated battery with a motor vehicle. He was held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $30,750 bail Thursday.

His passenger, Leandre Snead, 25, of St. Petersburg, also was arrested. Snead faces charges of possession of marijuana and cocaine and was being held in lieu of $2,150 bail.

St. Petersburg man crashes into fire hydrant after brief police chase 08/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Fennelly: Bucs' Roberto Aguayo has his backers, no matter how many kicks he misses

    Bucs

    He was perfect Friday, and not just because he didn't have to kick.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) takes a photo with fans following the first day of training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  2. Starbucks to close all Teavana locations, including five in Tampa Bay

    Retail

    Local Teavana locations include Tyrone Square in St. Petersburg, International Plaza and Westfield Citrus Park in Tampa, Brandon and Clearwater.

    Starbucks announced Thursday plans to shut down all 379 Teavana stores, citing "underperformance." Starbucks acquired the mall-based tea chain for $620 million in 2012. [ CANDICE CHOI | AP file photo]
  3. What to watch this weekend: 'The Last Tycoon,' 'Room 104,' 'Rick and Morty'

    Blogs

    Checking in: Room 104

    Listen up, fans of Hitchcock and American Horror Story. Room 104 might be your next obsession. With a premise that feels experimental, Room 104 explores one of film's most traditional styles - telling a story from the inside of just one room. The HBO series is from …

    Rick and Morty returns on Sunday for a third season.
  4. Rubio: I intend to keep campaign promises on Obamacare

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - Sen. Marco Rubio says he remains committed to overturning Obamacare following the collapse of the latest attempt.

  5. Family spokeswoman: British baby Charlie Gard has died

    World

    LONDON — Charlie Gard, the critically ill British baby at the center of a legal battle that attracted the attention of Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump, has died. He would have turned 1 next week.

    This is an undated photo of sick baby Charlie Gard provided by his family, taken at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. [Family of Charlie Gard via AP]