Manatee Sheriff's patrol cars collide in parking lot


MANATEE -- Two Manatee County Sheriff's Office patrol cars collided in a parking lot while chasing a suspect Friday, according to a news release.

One patrol car was in the Autoway Ford parking lot at 3228 14th Street W., at about 7:30 p.m. when another deputy cut through the lot as he was looking for a suspect. The first patrol car moved in behind the second as it approached the exit to 14th Street West, in an effort to assist.

At the exit, the lead patrol car was poised to turn right, when the deputy in the lead car spotted the suspect to his left.

The lead vehicle began to back up to switch direction and did not see the second patrol car behind him.

The lead car's back bumper struck the other car's push guard, shearing the bolts off, causing damage, the news release said.

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