NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have arrested a man after, they said, a traffic stop turned into a short chase that ended with a crash involving Florida Highway Patrol troopers in Miami Gardens.
FHP units responded to the scene in a warehouse district near Northwest 159th Street and 49th Avenue, just before 4 p.m. Friday.
A crashed FHP cruiser that appeared to have collided with a green Honda SUV could be seen in the area.
7SkyForce HD hovered above troopers as they took the man into custody nearby. Shortly after, troopers were seen dragging the suspect away.
According to FHP, the suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Joseph Charles Sanders Jr. from Mississippi, nearly ran over a trooper who was trying to stop him in the area of State Road 826 and Northwest 67th Avenue.
Investigators said the trooper got back in his cruiser and radioed for assistance.
A short pursuit ensued, and at some point, authorities said, Sanders rammed his SUV head-on into a marked vehicle with a trooper inside.
Moments later, officials said, the suspect crashed into another FHP cruiser.
Troopers said the subject bailed out of the vehicle and ran across the parking lot of a warehouse. He was stopped and apprehended after he reached a nearby lake.
Cameras showed first responders as they treated the trooper involved in the head-on collision for minor injuries.
Witnesses said the man was placed on a stretcher and taken away.
The FHP cruiser involved in the collision and Sanders’ SUV were later towed away as evidence.
Friday night, officials confirmed Sanders was arrested.
The incident remains under investigation.
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