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3 St. Petersburg officers struck by fleeing suspect

10:35 AM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
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COQUINA KEY, Florida -- Update: One of the officers  injured last night was Brian Prest. He was diagnosed with a mild concussion and was treated and released early this morning.

The two other officers struck were Scott Kirpan and Timothy Reyes. Both were examined at the scene by paramedics, but determined not to have any significant injuries.

The passenger taken out of the suspect vehicle was charged with possession of marijuana. He has been identified as Donald Callaway.

The driver of the vehicle remains at large.

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St. Petersburg police are searching for a suspect who they say struck three officers with his car before fleeing.

The St. Petersburg Police Department says officers and fire department personnel were working an accident near the intersection of Neptune Drive and Beach Drive SE on Coquina Key when a silver 4-door sedan approached the intersection at a high rate of speed, then came to an abrupt stop.

The officer working the intersection approached the male driver, and reportedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. After requesting assistance from two more officers, the first officer ordered the man to turn the car off and told him and his passenger to get out of the car. The passenger complied, but the driver allegedly restarted the car and placed it into gear. He then accelerated, striking the three officers before hitting a fire rescue truck parked nearby.

The man then reportedly fled the area before other officers could pursue him.

One officer suffered significant injuries and was taken to a local hospital for examination. The police department says he is currently in fair condition and his injuries don't appear to be serious at this time. The other struck officers do not appear to be injured and are assisting with the investigation.

The passenger of the car has been detained, and the police department believes a possible suspect has been identified.

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