Man taken into custody after climbing on top of ambulance in Miramar

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Miramar police officers took a man into custody Tuesday afternoon after he climbed on top of an ambulance and refused to come down.

Miramar police said the fire rescue truck was at the intersection of Miramar Parkway and U.S. 441 when the man climbed on top of the roof.

Sky 10 flew over the scene where a shirtless man was seen walking around and even exercising on top of the ambulance.

A Local 10 News crew was in the area when the man, who police identified as Todd Fitzroy Boothe, 31, of Miramar, jumped off the vehicle and was detained by police. The man was given water shortly before he was put in handcuffs.

“I’m glad it worked out the way it worked out. Nobody got hurt. Nobody got shot,” said one witness.

The man was atop the fire rescue unit for two and a half hours before police convinced him to come down.

Witnesses told Local 10 News the man was acting erratically in the street before climbing up onto the truck.

Police temporarily closed off the street while they worked the situation.

The incident created a frustrating scene for drivers as they tried to get through State Road 7, where Miramar Parkway meets Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

Drivers were being forced to detour through residential streets following the incident.

Pedestrians remained unsure of what to make of the scene.

“I just hope he finds some help. He looks like he just needs something. He needs some food and a place to stay,” said Xilef DeCastro, who lives nearby.

Boothe is certainly no stranger to the police or Local 10 News.

Authorities said they were called to 10th Street and Collins Avenue on May 15, 2021, where they found Boothe sitting on top of a traffic light post. Police caught up with him a few feet away from a nearby hotel and he was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

Miramar police told Local 10 News that Boothe was Baker Acted Tuesday afternoon and will be detained for a mental health evaluation.

Todd Boothe. (WPLG)

No other information has been released at this time.

About the Authors:

Ryan Mackey is a Digital Journalist at WPLG. He was born in Long Island, New York, and has lived in Sunrise, Florida since 1994.

Saira Anwer joined the Local 10 News team in July 2018. Saira is two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and comes to South Florida from Madison, Wisconsin, where she was working as a reporter and anchor.