Robert VincentSergeant Robert Burkhart
        Chief of Police Public Information Officer
        727-893-1030 727-893-1051
2/2/10  Police Officer Injured as Stolen Vehicle Rams Cruiser

Gulfport, – Sergeant Mary Farrand was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after an unknown person driving a stolen car rammed the police vehicle she was driving. At approximately 1:50 PM, a plainclothes Gulfport officer observed a Green Toyota Avalon that had been reported stolen out of St. Petersburg. The officer radioed for assistance from other officers to coordinate an attempt to stop the car.

Sergeant Farrand responded in a marked, Ford Expedition patrol vehicle, and she positioned herself behind the stolen car at the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 58th Street. As she was discussing plans with other officers, the driver of the Toyota put his car in reverse and rammed the Expedition two times before fleeing at a high rate of speed. At the moment, there were no other officers in the immediate vicinity to initiate a pursuit. The Toyota, bearing Florida license plate number L406EM, was last seen heading east on Central Avenue from 58th Street.

Officers from Gulfport and St. Petersburg are continuing to search for the vehicle. Any tips should be reported to the police communications center at 893-1030.