MIRAMAR, Fla. – A man was detained at a Dunkin’ shop in Miramar after a police chase that weaved through streets in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, authorities say.
Sky 10 was over the chase and then Local 10 cameras captured the large police presence at the Dunkin’ at 2600 South University Drive in Miramar.
The chase, which police say involved a stolen black Infinity, originated about seven miles away in northeast Miami-Dade County and made its way into Broward. At times, the Infinity was in the opposite lanes of traffic in Miami Gardens, narrowly missing unsuspecting drivers in other cars on the road.
Miami-Dade police say that detectives noticed a vehicle matching the description of one used in burglaries in the area of NE 2nd Avenue and 158th Street. The driver fled from police, authorities say.
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Eventually, the pursuit was called off and the Infinity kept going.
The four-door Infiniti was then spotted by Local 10 News cameras circling a strip mall in Miramar before it parked in a spot and the driver casually got out. He then walked into a Dunkin’ restaurant.
A Dunkin’ employee told Local 10 News that the person officers were looking for appeared to be in that shop. We passed that information along to police, and within minutes, armed Miramar officers barged into the business.
“Miramar Police Department officers determined that the person involved in the altercation [in Dunkin’] was the same subject that fled from the Miami-Dade Police Department detectives,” Det. Khristopher Welch of the Miami-Dade Police Department said in an email.
He said Miramar Police Department officers detained the man.
His identity has not yet been released, and authorities have not announced any charges.
According to a Dunkin’ employee, the man purchased a sandwich with a $100 bill and sat inside the doughnut shop for nearly two hours.
The employee said the man was initially dressed in black and was wearing a hat, but then he used another employee’s cellphone and someone eventually came and brought him new clothes.
The employee said the man changed his clothes before trying to leave the business, but he was apprehended by police.
“It’s a little scary because we don’t usually have this much excitement around here,” said Florrie Lopez, who works nearby. “It looks like they were in a hurry to park because [the car] is up on a curb and titled sideways.”
The car was searched and has since been towed away. No injuries were reported as a result of the pursuit.
The Miami-Dade County Police Department is continuing the investigation.
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