Man arrested after high-speed chase on Palmetto Expressway, police say

Authorities say 19-year-old was driving stolen car

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor, Roy Ramos - Reporter

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - 19-year-old Johnny Knight was arrested Saturday afternoon after police said he led authorities on a high-speed chase along the Palmetto Expressway near the border of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Detective Argemis Colome, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade County Police Department, said a Broward Sheriff's Office deputy was pursuing Knight, who was driving a stolen car.

Knight crossed into Miami-Dade County just before 3 p.m., the man's white, four-door sedan struck a marked Miami-Dade County patrol car, Colome said.

Cellphone video from drivers on the Palmetto Expressway near Northwest 103rd Street captured when dozens of Miami-Dade police officers pursued the driver.

Witnesses watched a police helicopter circle the area near the Miami-Dade Park and Ride in the 16000 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue.

"There was, like, 15 to 19 cops, the helicopter -- it was straight madness," witness Benjamin Green said.

Moments later, the car came to a crashing stop.

"The helicopter came, he made a right," witness Heather Romano said. "When he made a right, he went to go make a U-turn and the cop hit him and spun him out, and they all came, rushed him and pulled him out."

Officers gathered evidence from the vehicle with damage to the rear bumper as it sat on a curb to facing the wrong direction of an on-ramp leading to the Golden Glades interchange. Knight was taken into custody and placed in the back seat of a police cruiser.

"I was thinking he did something very heinous. Something serious," Green said.

No one was hurt in the chase, Colome said.

Knight remains behind bars facing a number of charges that include aggravated battery on an officer, to fleeing and eluding. He is being held on a $65,000 bond. 

 

KNIGHT REMAINS BEHIND BARS FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES THAT INCLUDE AGGRAVATED BATTERY ON AN OFFICER - TO FLEEING AND ELUDING.  HE IS BEING HELD ON A 65 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.

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