FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - After a police chase of a stolen car ended in a chaotic crash along Interstate 95, the first of the five subjects arrested appeared before a judge.
On Thursday, 16-year-old Mikel Turner was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft.
“I have reviewed the probable cause affidavit, and I am of the opinion that there does indeed exist sufficient facts to support a valid arrest,” the judge said.
Police said the teens tried to steal an SUV from a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, Wednesday morning. Security footage showed someone hopping over a gate before the car sped off.
“They jumped over my wall, came in and got in the car, and then, when I came outside, they ran,” a 911 caller said. “They got in the car and just pulled away.”
In the driver’s attempt to flee, they hit Michael Evans, a bicyclist, who was hospitalized but is expected to be OK, police said.
“I knew what happened, and I dragged myself to the grass out of the middle of the street,” Evans said. “My leg hurting doesn’t really bother me that much. I can deal with it. The fact that I’m in a brace right now and can’t ride my bike, that is upsetting.”
They also hit two drivers once they got on the highway, and one of the drivers they hit was T-boned on the interstate’s express lanes.
“All I remember was I felt a hit from the side,” said Sharon Glueck, who was driving to work. “Then, I felt I was spun around, and the next thing I knew, I was stopped.”
The teens were taken to the hospital before they were arrested.
Two of the five teens have been released from the Juvenile Detention Center to their parents. One remains in the hospital.
Turner will be held for at least 21 days.
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