Ocoee officer pursuing robbery suspect crashes on OBT – Orlando Sentinel

An Ocoee police officer was seriously hurt Thursday early morning in a collapse while attempting to get a stolen auto suspected in an previously armed robbery, authorities said.

The collapse occurred soon prior to 5 a.m. at an intersection merely south of downtown Orlando as soon as Ocoee officer Chris Bonner, 29, went via a red light while complying with a stolen vehicle, authorities said.

Bonner possessed his lights and sirens activated at the time, Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes said.

Ocoee police stated officers tried to protect against the car after realizing it matched the description of one made use of previously in 2 armed robberies in Altamonte Springs.

Altamonte Springs police possessed cautioned various other companies to be when it come to the lookout with the stolen Honda along with 2 armed people inside, Altamonte Springs police spokesman Lt. John Pelton said.

The car fled a traffic protect against and officers followed, Ocoee police Lt. John Bryant said.

That’s as soon as Bonner, going north when it come to Orange Blossom Trail, gotten inside the intersection.

A Toyota Corolla — steered by Yahaira Castro Montalvo, 26 — was going east when it come to Holden Avenue and possessed a eco-friendly light, as soon as it collided along with the cruiser, based on FHP.

Both cars after that left the roadway and the cruiser strike a pole, fire hydrant and palm tree.

Emergency crews took Bonner and Montalvo to a neighborhood hospital along with severe injuries.

Both were listed in constant condition, based on FHP.

The car suspected in the robberies received away, police said.

The suspects are accused of forcing a guy from his car at gunpoint in the Bobby G’s Sports Bar & Grill when it come to South Westmonte Drive. after that they took a firearm and wallet from him, Pelton said.

Shortly after, the very same people robbed a woman of her cellphone and wallet in the parking lot of Kiwi’s Bar and Grill when it come to Claim roadway 436, Pelton said.

Pelton stated the victims will certainly be offering post to sketch artists with a composite sketch of the suspects.

Staff author Caitlin Doornbos contributed to this report.

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