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Driver takes patrol car outside Miami hospital on apparent joy ride

Car driven to Alligator Alley before returning to hospital, police say

MIAMI – Miami police said a driver jumped into a patrol car outside Jackson Health System's Mental Health Emergency Services building and took off on what appears to have been a joy ride Tuesday night.

A spokesman for Miami police said the suspect drove the police car to Alligator Alley before turning around and returning to the hospital.

Police recovered the vehicle and took the driver in for questioning.

Authorities said charges are pending and have not commented whether the driver was a patient at the crisis center.

Police expect to release more information Wednesday.

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