MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A crowd in South Beach took matters into their own hands after, police said, a man driving under the influence went on a collision course that ended with a Beamer beatdown that was caught on camera.
Surveillance video captured onlookers running toward the chaotic scene along the 200 block of Española Way, Saturday, at around 5:30 a.m.
Cellphone cameras rolled as a barefoot woman who claims her car was hit by the driver began to kick the BMW sedan’s passenger side front window. After three kicks, she is seen breaking the window.
The footage then shows other people joining in, as they hit the vehicle from all sides. The kicking and screaming went on for about three minutes on video.
Passers-by in South Beach reacted in disbelief to the video.
“Is that a girl or a guy with a wig?” said a man.
“It’s crazy,” said a woman. “I can’t believe it’s happened here.”
The crowd surrounding the smashed up BMW apparently kept an eye on the driver until officers responded and arrested him. Officials identified him as 24-year-old Dwight Silvera.
He was charged with driving under the influence and DUI with damage. He allegedly struck a Chevrolet and a Cadillac before his collision course came to a violent end.
But there may be more to this case. Police are also investigating the actions of the individuals seen in the widely documented beatdown that unfolded before officers arrived.
Investigators are looking for more details about the destructive chain of events. If you have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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