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Driver rams 2 cruisers while trying to avoid traffic stop, FHP says

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A driver is in custody after colliding with two Florida Highway Patrol cruisers trying to evade a traffic stop Friday afternoon, authorities say.

Sky 10 flew over the aftermath of the crash in Miami Gardens and spotted a man being dragged into the back of a cruiser. FHP said the suspect was arrested and will face several criminal charges.

A trooper involved in the crash suffered minor injuries.

According to Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alex Camacho, troopers were conducting traffic enforcement on the Northwest 67th Avenue exit ramp from State Road 826.

The troopers were standing outside their cruisers, stopping drivers who tried to evade the traffic backup on the exit ramp by going around the cars, Camacho said, after there had been complaints about the dangerous maneuvers.

FHP says the suspect tried to go around but troopers pointed at him and attempted to have him pull over.

Instead, the driver sped up and fled, and after a “short pursuit” the suspect t-boned one cruiser and hit another head-on, Camacho said.

Authorities say the suspect then tried to run away but was caught.

Raymond Simpson

Raymond Simpson is a California native, a longtime Coral Springs resident, and the Editor at TSFD. He lives with his family in Coral Springs, where you can find him on weekends running – literally running – with his two golden retrievers.

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