Father, son arrested after Miami police sergeant injured in crash

Carlos Valladares Jr. accused of striking sergeant's patrol car during chase


MIAMI – A father and son are facing charges after police said a Miami police sergeant was injured Tuesday when one of the men crashed a stolen vehicle into the sergeant's police cruiser during a chase.

The chase and crash ended early Tuesday near Northeast Second Street and Northeast 17th Avenue.

According to an arrest report, officers spotted a red Mazda 6 on Southwest Eighth Avenue that had been reported stolen and attempted to stop it.

Police said Carlos Valladares Jr., 19, fled from police and struck Sgt. Carlos Mendez's police cruiser after he saw it parked in the 800 block of Northwest 18th Avenue.

Mendez was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The vehicle was eventually found parked outside Valladares' home on Northwest 19th Avenue.

A police officer approached the suspect's father, Carlos Valladares Sr., 48, outside the home and said he was there in reference to the stolen Mazda that was parked in front of his house, the report said.

Police said Valladares Sr. walked away from the home and placed something in his pocket.

The elder Valladares refused commands to remove his hands from his pockets and was eventually detained and found to be in possession of a small bag of suspected marijuana, police said.

He was arrested on a possession of marijuana charge.

His son was also arrested on multiple charges, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, grand theft, fleeing and eluding police, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, reckless driving and driving without a valid driver's license.

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