TAMPA BAY - Two suspects eluded a traffic stop, rammed a police car and fled from two police chases across two bay area counties overnight.
A Tampa Police helicopter, several unmarked police vehicles and multiple techniques were used to stop the driver, but the suspects remain at large, according to authorities.
A police officer tried to pull over a Mercedes car at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 22nd St. N and 26th Avenue E.
The driver of the car fled from the stop, heading eastbound on 26th Ave E.
A Tampa Police helicopter crew that was flying in the area at the time spotted the fleeing vehicle.
The suspect driving the vehicle resumed driving in a normal manner, apparently unaware of the helicopter flying above the vehicle.
Unmarked police vehicles moved in behind the unsuspecting driver to maintain surveillance.
When a number of police vehicles were on-scene, a vehicle box-in technique was attempted. The suspect driver used his vehicle to intentionally ram one of the marked police units and was able to defeat the immobilization technique.
A vehicle pursuit began and ended in Polk County near Lakeland, when the occupants of the vehicle abandoned their vehicle and carjacked a vehicle that had a family inside.
Lorri Teschner, 43, and her daughter, 25-year-old Katelyn Bennet, were sitting in the car when one of the suspects pulled Teschner from the vehicle, demanding that she get out.
Dayrel Teschner heard his wife yelling, and realized the truck was being stolen.
Dayrel attacked one of the suspects through the open window and he was drug several feet as the suspects tried to flee.
Teschner fell when the truck crossed a ditch and entered the roadway.
He sustained a bruise and scratches on his right eye area after being punched by the suspect. The wife and her daughter weren't injured.
The suspects fled and were able to elude capture.
The carjacking continues to be investigated by the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
There was only minor damage to a single Tampa Police unit.
The suspects are described as two black males. Both men remain at large.
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Polk County deputies say an 86-year-old woman admitted to shooting her son during an argument late Friday night and she claims it was self defense.