October 22, 2020

Orlando teens arrested after leading police on vehicle pursuit from Tampa to Osceola County

Three Orlando teens were arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit from Tampa to Osceola County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The incident began around 1 p.m. when Tampa police called FHP to pursue a stolen Honda SUV involved in a burglary, said FHP Sgt. Steve Gaskins. The SUV got onto Interstate 4 and FHP troopers took over the pursuit when the teens got into Pok County.

The teens got off I-4 at the U.S. 27 exit and headed north as a Polk County Sheriff’s helicopter followed from above and troopers on the ground stayed several miles behind, Gaskins said. The teens went east on U.S. 192 when they ran a red light and hit a pickup truck going north on Westside Boulevard near the Four Corners area in Osceola County, Gaskins said. Two other vehicles also were involved in the crash.

Troopers arrested the 16-year-old driver of the Honda, who suffered critical injuries, along with two passengers, ages 18 and 19. Their names were not released.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 67-year-old Davenport man, was critically injured, while the drivers of the other two vehicles had minor injuries, Gaskins said.

No other details were released. The crash remains under investigation.

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