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2 charged with carjacking vehicle driven by woman, 91

A 91-year-old woman was carjacked Thursday afternoon in St. Petersburg by two men who were later arrested after a half-hour car chase through south St. Petersburg, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

The men, who haven’t yet been identified, were arrested after they abandoned the stolen car and fled on foot.

The incident began at about 4:15 p.m. when a black Dodge Ram pickup hit the woman’s Toyota Venza from behind near 23rd Avenue North and 7th Street, police said. One of the two men in the pickup yanked the woman out of the driver’s seat and threw her on the roadside.

The man drove off in the woman’s car, followed by the other man in the pickup. The woman suffered a head injury and minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. She was later released, police said.

About an hour later, police spotted the Venza near 14th Avenue South and 12th Street, police said. Two men were in the car and drove away when officers tried to pull them over, police said.

Police officers pursued the car until the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office helicopter arrived to take over surveillance, police said. The pursuit remained in the southern part of the city, police said.

At about 5:45 p.m., the men abandoned the Toyota Venza in the 800 block of Paris Avenue South and ran away, police said. Police sealed the area and arrested both men in different locations of the neighborhood.

The driver was charged with fleeing and eluding, auto theft and a number of counts of leaving the scene of an accident. The passenger was charged with resisting arrest. Their role in the carjacking remains under investigation, police said.

Investigators still haven’t located the Dodge Ram pickup the men were driving when they crashed into the woman’s car, police said.

The men were involved in four separate accidents while being pursued in the Venza. In one of the accidents, at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street South and 22nd Avenue South, a man whose vehicle was struck by the Venza was taken to a local hospital after complaining of back pain, police said.

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