Driver detained on Turnpike in SW Miami-Dade amid suicide concerns

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police took a man into custody along the Florida Turnpike in Southwest Miami-Dade after he fled from officers who had responded to his home.

According to Miami-Dade Police, the subject’s parents contacted them at around 8:15 p.m. on Friday due to concerns that he was having suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

When officers arrived at the home, along the 14900 block of Southwest 90th Terrace, the subject got on his red pickup truck and rammed it into a cruiser with an officer inside before driving away.

Officers followed the man with their lights on as he got on the Turnpike and headed southbound, but investigators said there was no pursuit.

Officials said the driver eventually pulled over just north of Southwest 184th Street and got out of his vehicle.

However, police said, the man refused to cooperate with officers, so they had to deploy their Taser before taking him into custody.

The subject was transported to Jackson South Medical Center for observation.

The officer in the cruiser that was struck was taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

Authorities shut down several southbound lanes on the Turnpike for several hours while they investigate, creating significant traffic congestion. They have since reopened.

Criminal charges are pending.

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