TAMPA POLICE PURSUE CARJACKING SUSPECT
Tampa Police engaged in the pursuit of a carjacking suspect today that ended with the arrest of three suspects in Polk County.
The pursuit began at about 1:00 p.m. when the Florida Highway Patrol requested that TPD conduct a traffic stop on a car believed to be involved in a carjacking out of Osceola County. The car fled, leading to a pursuit by TPD officers heading southbound on I-275. The suspect exited the Interstate at the Howard/Armenia exit and continued briefly on several Tampa streets before re-entering the Interstate and heading back north. The suspect's car then headed east on I-4 into Polk County, where the suspects ultimately were apprehended.
The pursuit by Tampa Police officers was discontinued when TPD Air Service began following the suspect's car from the air. At that point, TPD vehicles were able to turn off emergency equipment and follow from a safe distance. Before that, a southbound TPD vehicle struck a guardrail on I-275 just south of downtown Tampa. The officer received minor injuries.
For more information on the suspects and the arrest, please call Polk County Sheriff's Office.