MDPD: ATV hit cruiser after dozens of riders fled West Miami-Dade gas station; 3 arrested

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - An all-terrain vehicle rider crashed into a parked Miami-Dade Police cruiser in West Miami-Dade after, officials said, more than three dozen bikers fled from a nearby gas station, leading officers to take three people into custody.

Aerial cameras hovered above the scene of the collision in the area of Southwest 124th Avenue and Eighth Street, near a Marathon gas station, Sunday afternoon.

According to investigators, police officers spotted about 40 ATVs and dirt bike riders at the gas station. The bikers dispersed when they noticed the officers.

Police said one of the bikes hit an officer who was outside his vehicle and ran over his foot.

Moments later, an ATV rider crashed into the parked cruiser.

A police officer chased after two subjects who took off on foot, but officials said he got injured during the pursuit.

Investigators said three people were detained and were later placed under arrest. Officers also seized three ATVs at the scene.

The officer whose foot was injured was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The officer injured during the foot pursuit remained at the scene.

Sunday night, 7News cameras captured dirt bike and ATV riders going past the Whole Foods in downtown Miami.

This all takes place one day before the expected annual Wheels Up, Guns Down demonstration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday. The unsanctioned holiday event encourages people to ride ATVs and dirt bikes on busy roadways across South Florida.

Police have made clear the demonstration is illegal.

Police will begin listing the number of arrests related to Wheels Up, Guns Down on an hourly basis, beginning Monday. The number of arrests that police made during the weekend will be included in those numbers.

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