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St. Petersburg police officers involved in two separate crashes

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At about 12:39 a.m. on Sunday, the St. Petersburg Police Department investigated a call of an Auto Theft at the Chevron gas station located at 1st Avenue South and 34th Street South.  Officers say an unknown suspect stole a white 2002 Cadillac Deville from the Chevron after the driver of the vehicle left it unattended with the keys inside and the engine running.

At about 1:03 a.m., a St. Petersburg Police Officer in the area of 8th Avenue South and 43rd Street South was looking for the stolen Cadillac when a silver Kia swerved into oncoming traffic and intentionally drove toward the officer, striking his car.  Authorities say the Kia caused minor damage to the police officer's cruiser and fled away.  Officers pursued the Kia into southern St. Petersburg.  The officer was not injured. 

Authorities say another police officer was in a crash while driving his patrol cruiser eastbound on 54th Avenue South to assist the officers looking for the silver Kia from the previous incident.  Authorities say when the officer reached 54th Avenue South and 19th Way South, another vehicle pulled in front of the police cruiser causing the officer to run into a telephone pole and flip upside down, pinning him inside of his car.  St. Petersburg Fire Rescue extricated the officer from the cruiser and transported him to a local hospital with non-life threatening but serious injuries.

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