A police chase in St. Petersburg ended with three suspects under arrest, two innocent bystanders hurt, and a trail of debris along two city blocks.
It started near 40th Avenue North and Haines Road. The chase went through 9th Avenue North and MLK, where it came to a crashing end.
The suspects were arrested after crashing a stolen car at 9th Avenue and MLK.
But first, they hit four other cars during the chase.
It all started just before 1 p.m. when a patrol officer spotted a white Honda sedan in Allendale.
Witnesses had connected it to three burglaries in that area, and the tag determined it was stolen.
Police say it refused to stop, so they followed it to 4th Street and 15th Avenue.
That's where it collided with the first vehicle, with only minor damages.
From there, the suspects drove westbound on 15th Avenue, eventually crashing through some barricades in an open area of Crescent Lake Park where there is no road.
It crossed through the park where it eventually sped out on to MLK Street, and hit three other cars.
Two passengers in the blue van were taken to the hospital. Initial examinations show minor injuries, but no trauma.
And the three suspects are expected to be charged with fleeing and eluding police, and residential burglary.
Their names will be released soon.
As for the need for the chase: every time there's a police chase crash involving an innocent bystander, the department is asked about its policy.
A spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department says all authorizations were followed by the book.
Because it involved potential felony charges, this chase appears to have followed policy. As always, it will be investigated.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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