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Car crashes through Patrick AFB south gate

Multiple police agencies involved in chase

Police and Air Force officials inspect damage to the south gate after a high-speed chase. [Photo: Florida Today / Tyler Vazquez]
Police and Air Force officials inspect damage to the south gate after a high-speed chase. [Photo: Florida Today / Tyler Vazquez]

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A police chase through South Brevard has ended with a car carrying three juveniles crashing through the Patrick Air Force Base south gate Friday night.

According to the Indian Harbour Beach Police Department, police were made aware of a police pursuit involving a 2011 Toyota Prius just after 10 p.m. on Friday.

News 6 partner Florida Today reports that the pursuit was initiated by Melbourne police, they say, and the vehicle had been stolen from Rockledge on March 23.

The Indian Harbour Beach Police Department says they began to participate in the chase as the vehicle drove northbound on S. Patrick Drive, where they assumed command of the chase. Police there pursued the suspects northbound as they crashed through the south gate of Patrick Air Force Base.

The three suspects were found in a dumpster shortly after crashing through the gate.

They face charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers and resisting arrest without violence along with possession of marijuana under 2 grams.

The trio faces additional charges from the Melbourne Police Department and Patrick Air Force Base.