Turnpike police chase starts in Hammocks, ends in Cutler Bay

Officers detain man, doctors hold him at Jackson Memorial Hospital

By Marcine Joseph - Assignment Editor, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

CUTLER BAY, Fla. - A Friday night police chase started in Kendall's Hammocks neighborhood, and it ended on the Ronald Reagan Turnpike in Miami-Dade's Cutler Bay neighborhood. 

Miami-Dade Detective Lee Cowart said police officers responded to a home in the Hammocks about 8:15 p.m. They were dispatched to check on a man who relatives said was at risk.

Officers said the man assaulted a police officer and got in his red pickup truck. While he was speeding away, he crashed into a police car that was parked in front of the house. 

The man sped away on 88th Street and got on the southbound lanes of the Turnpike. Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Miami-Dade police officers were involved. 

The chase ended near the ramp to Southwest 184th Street, also known as Quail Roost Drive.

Officers said he was not cooperative when he got out of the car, so an officer was forced to deploy a Taser. Officers took him to Jackson Memorial Hospital for a psychiatric assessment.  


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