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Man leads police through chase in downtown Miami

Carlo Cortina, 34, held on $16,000 bond

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MIAMI – More than a dozen police cars chased a man throughout downtown Miami after he  refused to pull over during a traffic stop Monday night, police said.

According to Miami-Dade police, an officer attempted to pull over Carlo Cortina, 34, after a records check revealed that his vehicle's tag was expired.

Police said Cortina accelerated his car, which prompted more officers to join in the chase.

Police said Cortina threw a beer can and several other items outside the driver's side window, striking a deputy's vehicle.

Cortina eventually stopped behind other cars at a red light, and a deputy approached his car and ordered him to place his hands up and get out of his car, police said.

According to police, Cortina refused to get out, prompting the deputy to smash Cortina's driver's side rear passenger window in an attempt to pull Cortina out of the car.

Authorities said Cortina ran over the deputy's foot while trying to get away.

Cortina was eventually stopped in the area of Northeast 25th Street and Biscayne Boulevard and taken into custody.

Police said Cortina told them he had been using cocaine and had been up for 72 hours.

Cortina is being held in jail on $16,000 bond.

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