Teens ram officer's vehicle with stolen car

SAINT PETERSBURG - Three teens are in jail tonight after going on a crime spree late Friday night, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies say.

Saint Petersburg Police Department issued a BOLO for a 2009 stolen Nissan Maxima, believed to be inhabited by three teenage males Friday evening.

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies heard the car description issued over the radio and spotted the stolen vehicle near the Osprey Point Apartment Complex.

As deputies attempted to approach the car, the driver rammed the stolen Nissan into a St. Petersburg Police cruiser, knocking the front bumper off.

Deputies say the suspects sped off headed north onto 54 th Avenue South and crashed into another vehicle.

After the Nissan side-swiped the other car it fled the scene leading deputies on a chase.

Officers were able to stop the suspect vehicle on 40 th Avenue South and Martin Luther King.

All three passengers ran from the car headed toward Lake Maggiore Park. Officials say a K-9 unit was dispatched to help track down the suspects. The dog was able to track the suspects and apprehend them.

Deputies later found a handgun near the area where they had been apprehended.

All three were arrested and taken into custody.

Jarried Simpson, 16, drove the stolen vehicle and now faces felony charges. He was arrested for grand theft auto, aggravated assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

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