By PoliceOne Staff
ORLANDO, Fla. — Two suspects who thought officers were chasing them caused a 4-car pileup near downtown Wednesday, police said.
Darrius Lowe, 21, and David Williams, 20, were wanted in connection to a home invasion earlier that day, according to WFTV. Aerial footage shows their vehicle move haphazardly through traffic near downtown before the crash.
Police — who had a description of the vehicle from a teenager who was inside the home — saw the car but had not yet pursued it, deputies said, and they belive the suspects thought the news helicopter belonged to law enforcement.
"They fled of their own volition, at high rates of speed. Our feeling is that what they thought was a law enforcement aircraft," Jeff Williamson of the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.
Three other drivers were injured and two were treated at the hospital, according to My Fox Orlando. Two dogs that jumped from one of the cars were later found safe.
According to reports, Lowe and Williams were treated at the hospital, to be jailed upon release. A firearm and marijuana were found in their Toyota.