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Suspect crashes stolen truck after police chase on I-95

Driver rescued from overturned pickup truck on I-95 off-ramp in Hallandale Beach

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A suspect driving a stolen pickup truck had to be rescued Tuesday morning after leading police on a chase that ended in a rollover crash on an Interstate 95 exit ramp in Hallandale Beach, police said.

The crash occurred on the southbound I-95 off-ramp to Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

Pembroke Pines police said an officer spotted the stolen truck near Pembroke Road and Arcadia Drive and attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect, Antonio Edward Hernandez Jr., 35, fled the scene. 

According to authorities, a "be on the lookout" was dispatched to the Hollywood Police Department and a traffic stop was attempted at Plunkett Street and U.S. 441.

Police said Hernandez placed the vehicle in reverse and intentionally rammed the truck into an officer's cruiser and drove away. Authorities said the suspect previously fled from Pembroke Pines police officers on Sunday.

The truck eventually crashed into a fence and pole and landed on its side next to the I-95 southbound off-ramp to Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

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Rescuers freed the suspect from the cab of the truck. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment. The Pembroke Pines police officer who was driving the car that was rammed was taken to Memorial Pembroke Hospital as a precaution. 

The southbound off-ramp to Hallandale Beach Boulevard was closed during the rescue and subsequent investigation.

Hernandez faces multiple charges, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, aggravated fleeing and eluding, fleeing and eluding, grand theft auto and felony driving with a suspended license. Police said he also had an active warrant from the Broward Sheriff's Office for a trespassing charge. 


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