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Police: Man who led police on chase in Aventura was driving stolen car

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AVENTURA, Fla. – A man who was arrested Tuesday after leading police on a chase in Aventura was driving a stolen red minivan with a Tennessee license plate, an arrest report stated.

According to the report, the stolen van was spotted by an officer entering a parking garage at the Aventura Mall on Biscayne Boulevard.

Some of the arrest report was redacted, but police said the suspect, identified as Brian Patrick Kelly, 38, tried to flee the area and attempted to strike multiple vehicles with the stolen van on Perimeter Road near Northeast 195th Street.

According to the report, the stolen van eventually struck a curb at a high rate of speed and began to lose control.

Police said it then struck a second curb, hit a tree and went airborne. While in the air, the van struck another unoccupied vehicle, authorities said.

Police said Kelly tried to get out of the driver’s side door but was blocked by a police car, which he damaged while trying to escape.

Authorities said Kelly then climbed over the center console and got out through the passenger door and ran away.

He was tackled to the ground by an officer in the parking lot of a Whole Foods near Northeast 213th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

Police said Kelly continued to resist officers, who were forced to deploy a Taser.

Kelly was then taken to the Aventura Hospital & Medical Center to be checked out before being booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

He faces charges of grand theft of a vehicle, fleeing and eluding police and resisting an officer without violence. Kelly also had a warrant out for his arrest for reckless driving involving damage to property or a person.


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