NEAR BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Authorities have taken a man into custody following a wild chain of events involving a stolen Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck and a cross-county police pursuit along Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike that came to an end near Boynton Beach.
According to the Miami-Dade Police, 31-year-old Lekambrick Aljenard Hanna entered a fire truck that MDFR personnel were using for a training exercise in the area of Northeast 166th Street and Seventh Avenue in North Miami Beach, Thursday evening.
Shortly after he fled with the vehicle, investigators said, Hanna crashed into a marked, unoccupied Opa-Locka Police cruiser that was parked in the area of Northwest 18th Avenue and 143rd Street.
The call of the stolen rescue engine, which belongs to MDFR Fire Station 32 in North Miami Beach, went out at around 7 p.m.
A cellphone video obtained from Only In Dade, showed the truck involved in the tri-county chase as it flew down the northbound lanes of I-95.
Officials said dozens of police cars followed the stolen truck on the interstate when the driver eventually took the West Atlantic Boulevard exit and ended up on the Turnpike.
Traffic cameras captured the truck and multiple cruisers heading north along the Florida Turnpike.
Near the Hallandale Beach Boulevard exit, a traffic camera captured the truck backing up toward police cruisers before taking off again.
Once the truck entered Broward County, police said, MDPD units disengaged and Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies took over; Florida Highway Patrol troopers also responded.
Police said the pursuit came to an end when the truck was stopped along the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in unincorporated Palm Beach County, just north of Boynton Beach Boulevard.
7News cameras captured the truck surrounded by multiple police vehicles off to the right shoulder of the highway.
No injuries or other crashes were reported.
Cellphone video recorded by a passenger of a vehicle passing by the scene appeared to show Hanna in handcuffs.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident and is currently locked up in the Palm Beach County Jail. He is expected to be in court Friday.
Hanna has been charged with grand theft of emergency medical equipment.
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