3 teens charged after leading Cocoa police on chase

Cops: Teen driver rammed vehicle into police cruiser


COCOA, Fla. – Three teens are being charged with felonies after leading police on a chase after allegedly holding a victim at gunpoint, the Cocoa Police Department said.

Police said it happened near St. Johns Street and Wilson Avenue.

A person inside of a white Lexus had pointed a handgun at the victim and told him to get out of the road, police said.

Officers saw the vehicle near the intersection of Pineda Street and Grove Avenue after a call was dispatched. Police said the driver fled after seeing a patrol vehicle.

Officers were able to confirm the tag on the vehicle, which came back stolen from Merritt Island after being reported to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

Officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver refused, police said. Sometime during the early part of the incident, an officer said the suspect vehicle rammed his police cruiser, according to Cocoa police.

The driver eventually stopped the vehicle on Highland Avenue, where all three teens inside fled on foot and were arrested by officers. Police said no firearms were found.

The 16-year-old driver is being charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, fleeing and eluding highspeed, reckless driving with property damage and resisting arrest with violence, according to Cocoa police.

The two 17-year-old passengers inside of the suspect vehicle are being charged with aggravated assault and resisting charges, police said.

A helicopter unit with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office assisted in the incident.