St. Petersburg, Florida -- Three teenagers spent Thanksgiving in jail after they were caught driving a stolen car.
Pinellas County deputies say they received information that a 2010 Dodge Charger and 2009 Nissan Maxima had been stolen in the late evening hours Wednesday. The Maxima was then spotted in the area of Osprey Point Apartment complex at 54th Terrace S and 22nd Way.
Before deputies could initiate a traffic stop, the driver of the car, identified as 16-year-old Jarried Simpson, rammed a St. Pete Police deputy's cruiser ripping off the front bumper. Simpson then fled north to 54th Avenue S and side-swiped another car as it made an eastbound turn onto 54th Avenue S.
Deputies pursued the car and eventually stopped it at 40th Avenue South and MLK. Simpson and two others ditched the car and fled on foot towards Lake Maggiore Park. They were eventually tracked down by a K-9 deputy and arrested. A handgun was also found in the area where they were arrested.
All three were taken to the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center (PJAC). Simpson was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Hit and Run, Aggravated Battery of a LEO, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding; and an unrelated warrant for Violation of Conditional Release for Carjacking. The other two, a 16 and 17-year-old, were charged with Trespass in a Conveyance and Resisting Arrest without Violence.
The other stolen vehicle was found at Osprey Point Apartments. The investigation continues.