Officers hit by driver in stolen car

Posted at 4:19 AM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 17:49:23-04
St. Petersburg Police are investigating a crash involving an officer from St. Petersburg and an officer from Tampa.
The crash happened at Central Ave. and 54th. Street around 12:23 a.m. Monday morning.
According to police, a stolen car traveling at a high rate of speed hit the undercover pick-up truck the officers were riding in.
Police said the officers in the pick-up were on duty searching for a separate stolen vehicle. St. Petersburg police say the officers are part of a task force to stop young people from stealing cars. 
The stolen car was being driven by a 25-year old.  Five others including an adult man and four teenage girls were inside the stolen car. The youngest person in the car was 15-years-old. 
Both officers were injured and taken to nearby hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
Two people inside the stolen car were rushed to hospitals as trauma alerts.
"Tampa Bay has an issue with this.  So, we all got together to address this problem and thank God we are doing something to try to curb this.  But, until we get people to remember to take the keys out of their vehicle and walk their cars, we're going to still be out.  The task force is trying to catch these guys and girls who are stealing cars," said Police Chief Anthony Halloway.
The intersection of Central Ave at 54th St. will remain closed for several hours for the investigation.