Teens Accused of Car Theft after Crash in Pinellas Park Shopping Center
A second car crashed when it swerved to avoid one of the suspects who was fleeing from law enforcement, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.
PINELLAS PARK – Three teens were charged with grand theft auto after they crashed a stolen car while trying to escape, Pinellas Park police said.
Tyron Davis, 14, was charged with grand theft auto, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and fleeing to elude law enforcement. Pinellas Park police said this is the fourth grand theft auto charge placed against Davis since September, 2015, with the most recent being April 18. Davis has been arrested a total of 22 times since 2014, police said. He was the driver of the stolen vehicle, according to police.
When caught, Davis was treated for the injuries he sustained in the crash and later taken to a hospital because he was under the influence.
Ja-Liah Jackson, 13, was also charged with grand theft auto. Police said this was her second arrest. The first was in March when she was accused of trespassing. Also arrested and charged with grand theft auto was Winston Trevor Gibson Jr., 13. Police said he has been arrested four times since January. Among those charges, police said, were two counts of burglary.
Both Jackson and Gibson were treated at the scene for injuries. Gibson was taken to the Pinellas juvenile assessment center. Jackson was taken to a hospital to be treated for the injuries sustained in the crash.
Pinellas Park police said they were called to the Shoppes at Park Place, 7200 U.S. 19 N, about 5:13 p.m. Tuesday (June 7) because of a crash. They found that off-duty Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy had tried to stop the car. When the deputy turned on his emergency lights the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed through the shopping center, directly in front of the movie theater. The vehicle crashed into a light pole, destroying both the pole and the concrete base.
The three people in the car fled the scene. Two of them ran north across Park Boulevard into the path of an oncoming car, which swerved to avoid an accident. That vehicle crashed into the concrete median in the 4000 block of Park, police said. Air support and a canine unit were called to help locate the three.
Gibson was chased by a bystander and later returned to the scene of the crash where he was taken into custody. Jackson, who was covered in blood, was found to the north of the shopping center.
About 8 p.m., police dispatch received a call that there was someone in the area of 49th Street and 70th Avenue N who was complaining of injuries that he claimed to have received in a car accident earlier in the day. Officers answered the call, found Davis, and arrested him.
For information about the Pinellas Park police, go to pinellas-park.com.
Photos courtesy of the Pinellas Park police.
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