Police arrest driver who fled officers, rolled over in NW Miami-Dade

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have arrested a driver after his minivan rolled over in Northwest Miami-Dade.

According to Miami-Dade Police, a motor unit watched the driver fail to obey a traffic signal and blow through an intersection, late Tuesday morning. When police tried to pull him over, he sped off.

Surveillance video showed the speeding minivan clipping a car turning at the intersection.

As the officer attempted to stop the driver, he lost control of his vehicle.

Moments later, another security camera captured the moment the minivan slammed into a concrete light pole and overturned in the area of Northwest 17th Avenue and 53rd Street.

The driver then tried to flee the scene on foot, but officers apprehended him shortly after.

Witness Mary Hall said she saw the violent crash.

“First I heard a boom … I look out the window, and I see the car airborne,” she said. “Oh, my God, is this for real? This person, is he alive, or whatever?”

The impact left chunks of concrete scattered across the street.

Hall described the chaotic scene.

“Debris was falling, the lights were going off, the light post was falling and everything,” she said. “It was chaos, nothing but dust and everything around this.”

The driver suffered injuries, so a Miami Fire Rescue crew transported him to Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition.

Investigators believe the minivan was stolen. They said officers were not pursuing the driver.

Surveillance video showed the minivan clipping a car moments before striking the light pole.

Police shut down Northwest 17th Avenue between 52nd and 54th streets for hours while they investigated and cleared debris. It has since reopened to traffic.

Investigators have not specified the charges that the driver may face.

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