A Florida police officer was hospitalized Monday night after a 15-year-old driving a stolen car crashed into his vehicle, officials said.
Police said the crash occurred Monday when a sergeant with the St. Petersburg Police Department was heading west on 18th Avenue South, Fox13 reported. Investigators said a stolen blue Toyota Camry was speeding northbound on 7th Street South and ran a stop sign at the intersection.
The sergeant and three people inside the Camry were taken to a local hospital. Police said all injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.
The 15-year-old was arrested on outstanding warrants, the news station reported. Officials said charges will be filed against him, but they are still searching for the owner of the car.
“We’re having these kids take these cars they don’t know how to drive these cars and they’re out driving at a high rate of speed and they’re gonna hurt someone so it is concerning,” Police Chief Anthony Holloway said.
The crash comes a day after Phelexis Jakara Robinson, 26, was killed in a hit-and-run accident by another suspected car thief. Robinson was trying to fix her car on Martin Luther King Jr. Street when a person driving a stolen Infiniti sedan struck her and fled the scene. The driver in the hit-and-run has yet to be apprehended.