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Officer, two in car struck in hit and run case

A motorist fleeing a traffic stop struck a police officer, then hit a car carrying a newspaper reporter and her sister Friday night, according to police and witnesses.

No one was seriously injured. The fleeing driver escaped after speeding the wrong way down First Avenue N.

The incident began about 8 p.m. when St. Petersburg police Officer Randy Bricker pulled over a driver at First Avenue N and 66th Street. After the officer got out of his patrol car, the driver ran his 2001 Nissan Sentra into the officer, possibly causing minor injuries. The officer was checked out late Friday at Edward White Hospital.

The fleeing driver, whom police have not apprehended, then sped east on First Avenue N, a one-way westbound street, and ran into a 1992 Mazda stopped at a red light at First Avenue N and 49th Street.

Inside that car were McKell Moorhead, 32, of St. Petersburg and Molly Moorhead, 25, a reporter for the Pasco Times. The sisters appeared to be unhurt but were checked out late Friday at St. Anthony's Hospital.

The Nissan driver continued for another 10 blocks on First Avenue N, then fled from the car. Police used search dogs and a helicopter to look for him.