Florida man gets 9 years for police chase

CLEARWATER — A Florida judge revoked a man's driver's license for life and sentenced him to nine years in prison for leading police on a chase with his toddler in the back seat.

The July 9 crash ended when 22-year-old Derrick Deon Mims crashed a stolen sports utility vehicle into a public transportation bus. Police say the 2-year-old child wasn't injured but a passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Mims pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple charges, including fleeing and eluding, DUI with property damage and child abuse.

The 14-minute chase prompted the Gulfport Police Department to tweak its policy on police chases.

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