Woman causes, flees multiple accident scenes on SR 836
Afternoon rush-hour commute was slowed to 1 lane after woman's reckless joy ride
MIAMI – Police activity impacted rush hour traffic on State Road 836 just after 5 p.m. Friday.
Charlotte Rankin-Higgins, 25, was traveling eastbound on SR 836 near 42nd Avenue when she crashed her two-door, blue Honda sedan into a white, two-door Mercedes vehicle and then fled.
Rankin-Higgins continued traveling eastbound on SR 836 toward Interstate 95 and struck a gray Dodge van, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said.
A Miami Beach police officer happened to be driving by and was the first law enforcement official to respond to the scene, an FHP spokesman said.
Rankin-Higgins then attempted to flee the second crash scene. She was detained after a brief struggle by the Miami Beach police officer a short time later.
FHP confirmed that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded, however the extent of any injuries as a result of the multiple crashes is unknown.
Rankin-Higgin remains in FHP custody.
SR 836 eastbound at I-95 was forced to one lane as officers continued to investigate.
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