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Man claims to have mental disorders after stealing flatbed truck, leading police on chase

Chase ends with Devon Dean striking palm tree

DORAL, Fla. – When Doral police chased a person behind the wheel of a stolen flatbed truck transporting a forklift Tuesday night, it looked like a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie.

Devon Dean appeared before a bond court judge Wednesday with a broken arm. He said he is bipolar and schizophrenic and is in need of medication.

Police dash cam shows the driver Dean, speeding while weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed and even slamming into a car in the process of fleeing officers.

The pursuit began after police spotted the stolen flatbed near Northwest 79th Avenue and Northwest 25th Street. Instead of pulling over Dean struck a police cruiser and took off, according to police.

Dean then made his way across the Palmetto Expressway and onto the Dolphin Expressway, before making a U-turn on an off-ramp.

"It's very dangerous," Lt. Orlando Sanchez said. "It's a very big truck as you can see and he took off with little regard for life or property."

The chase ended when Dean hit a palm tree after he got off the Dolphin Expressway at the Northwest 107th Exit, police said.

Dean refused to go to the hospital following the chase and now faces charges of fleeing and eluding police and reckless driving.