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WATCH: High-speed chase in South Florida ends with carjacking suspect in custody

Mazda barely avoided oncoming traffic as it weaved through Miami-Dade highways

Miraculously nobody was hurt during a nearly hour-long police chase where a carjacking suspect was at times driving the wrong way on the highway.
Miraculously nobody was hurt during a nearly hour-long police chase where a carjacking suspect was at times driving the wrong way on the highway.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police have taken a man into custody after a high-speed chase through South Florida highways and streets, where the driver was at times traveling in the direction of oncoming traffic.

Sky 10 was over the scary situation Thursday morning as a black Mazda 3 sedan weaved recklessly, at one point whipping northbound on I-75 through southbound express lanes, dodging unsuspecting other drivers as officers pursued.

The car, which investigators say was stolen, was clocked around 120 mph during the pursuit.

Authorities say there were no injuries as a result of the chase, though several cars were clipped along the way.

Watch a replay of the pursuit below:

A car was at times speeding the wrong way, weaving through oncoming traffic, as it was pursued by police before a man was ultimately apprehended in Miami-Dade County.
A car was at times speeding the wrong way, weaving through oncoming traffic, as it was pursued by police before a man was ultimately apprehended in Miami-Dade County.

Detective Argemis Colome of the Miami-Dade Police Department said the pursuit began after Opa-locka police tried to confront a suspect, later identified as Jonathan Craig, 25, about an armed carjacking that took place in that city two days ago.

Live video from Sky 10 showed the car racing through I-95, making its way to the Gratigny Parkway, then onto I-75 before heading to the Palmetto Expressway and eventually onto State Road 112.

The driver ultimately stopped the car and surrendered at NW 43rd Street and NW 22nd Court in Miami-Dade County shortly after 11 a.m.

He put his hands up and got on the ground, seemingly listening to officers’ instructions as they moved in and apprehended him.

“The way it turned out was amazing,” Colome said. “No injuries to anybody.”

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Local 10 News spoke to Xavier Barker, who owns the Mazda 3 and said it was stolen from him a couple of days ago.

He said he noticed the car at a gas station by 135th Street and NW 27th Avenue and called police. When they arrived, that’s when the nearly hour-long chase began.

“Once the police came and surrounded him, he pulled off and the chase started,” Barker said.

Jonathan Craig. (Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation)

It appeared that at one point a gun was thrown from the car during the chase, police said.

Colome said the man who was apprehended will face multiple felony charges and that Miami-Dade PD will be the lead agency handling the investigation.

“The way we saw this individual drive today,” Colome said, “it was unreal.”

According to the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation website, Craig is facing charges of armed carjacking, grand theft of a vehicle and fleeing and eluding police. He also faces charges for an unrelated warrant for reckless driving and driving without a valid license.

A man driving a black Mazda weaved through oncoming traffic as police chased Thursday morning. He was taken into custody peacefully in northwest Miami-Dade County.
A man driving a black Mazda weaved through oncoming traffic as police chased Thursday morning. He was taken into custody peacefully in northwest Miami-Dade County.
Sky 10 was over the scene when a man surrendered following a high-speed chase through South Florida. (WPLG)
The end of a car chase in Miami-Dade County, as the driver slows his car minutes before being apprehended. (WPLG)

About the Authors:

David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.

Alex Finnie joined the Local 10 News team in May 2018. South Florida is home! She was raised in Miami and attended the Cushman School and New World School of the Arts for high school.