Fla. man gets 9 years for police chase

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - 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 (http://bit.ly/VvgSNU ) 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.

___ Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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