St. Pete Officer injured following reckless driving incident

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- St. Petersburg officers tried to stop a reckless driver on 28th St. near 11th Ave. S. on Sept. 9, 2016, around 11 pm. The driver continued to speed off and officers did not chase the suspect. 

Undercover officers responded by throwing out stopsticks in the road shortly after, flattening the tires of the vehicle. The driver, a 16-year old minor, attempted to keep driving, and eventually jumped out of the moving vehicle.

An officer responded to the situation as the vehicle struck a Pinellas County Sheriff's vehicle. In the process, the officer accidentally shot himself in the hand and has serious, but non-life threatening injuries to his hand.

He was transported to Bayfront Health Hospital to be treated further. 

The 16-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested and has been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident and eluding officials, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.  He did not have a valid driver's license. 

(© 2016 WTSP)


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