Video: Teen leads police pursuit, sends pedestrians running

Security video shows a black Cadillac blowing through crowded parks and restaurant districts

By Monique O. Madan
The Miami Herald

MIAMI BEACH — Miami Beach Police arrested a 15-year-old boy who they said kicked off a full-blown car chase on South Beach Sunday afternoon.

The driver—who was driving a stolen Cadillac— was not identified Sunday night. Police say the person also had a gun with an extended magazine in his possession.

The police chase began at around 2:30 p.m. when motor officers were conducting traffic stops near South Pointe Drive and Alton Road.

"A black Cadillac ran a stop sign and refused to stop for the officer," police said in a statement on Twitter. "The driver then struck another officer's motorcycle near Second Street and Ocean Drive."

Ernesto Rodriguez, a Miami Beach police spokesperson, said "the vehicle initially fled from officers and then struck one of our Motormen who thankfully escaped injury."


ARRESTED: The driver of the stolen vehicle seen in this video was arrested today near 6 Street and Washington Avenue....

Posted by Miami Beach PD on Sunday, February 21, 2021

"Several occupants bailed from the vehicle and were detained (two males remain at large)," Rodriguez said late Sunday. "A sole occupant remained inside and continued fleeing from officers. This driver attempted to strike another Motorman with his vehicle but was unsuccessful. He made his way onto closed Ocean Drive by hopping a sidewalk and entering through the park."

According to police, struck several cars while fleeing. The driver was eventually stopped near Sixth Street and Washington Avenue and arrested and charged with "several felony charges," police said.

Police say the officer was not injured at that Washington Avenue remained closed between Fifth and Seventh Street in both directions as of Sunday evening.

"Detectives are actively pursuing several leads to locate and arrest the two additional subjects who remain at large," Rodriguez added.

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