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Police: Teens in stolen truck crash into undercover car in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Three teens in a stolen pickup truck crashed into an undercover police car overnight, hurting two St. Petersburg Police officers and causing the car to catch fire, according to police.

The crash happened about 1:30 a.m. Police said the officers were tracking the truck and another stolen car using Starchase — a GPS tracking device that officers can shoot from the grill of their vehicles and stick onto a vehicle a few lengths in front of them. According to the department, the officers were not in a high-speed pursuit — forbidden unless the suspect is believed to have just committed a violent felony.

The pickup collided with the police car on Bay Street near Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. The officers sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital; the three teens had no visible injuries. They were arrested.

Police spokesman Mike Puetz said the pickup was stolen Aug. 25 from 5005 Queen Palm Terrace NE.

Officers later stopped the second stolen car near 55th Avenue N and 73rd Street, police said. One teen was arrested there.

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