A quintet of minors, one of whom found high-speed driving on Interstate 95 to be tougher than a video game, were taken into custody Wednesday after an hour-long chase that started in Fort Lauderdale ended with a multi-minivan crash.
The crash, at the Pembroke Road exit of I-95 south, shut down the highway at that point from about 8:05 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Fort Lauderdale police said those involved in the crash suffered minor injuries.
According to Fort Lauderdale police, this started with a 6:52 a.m. call about an attempted car theft at a home in the 2200 block of Northeast 28th Avenue. A minivan matching the description of the would-be car thieves’ transportation was spotted by Fort Lauderdale police, but officers say the driver didn’t stop and the chase began.
Fort Lauderdale police say after asking for help from Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopters, officers hung back to let BSO Aviation follow the minivan, which Fort Lauderdale police say was confirmed as being stolen from Miami-Dade County. The minivan driver hit a bicycle rider at Northwest Sixth Street and 27th Avenue and continued on to southbound I-95, where Florida Highway Patrol troopers joined the chase.
Video showed a minivan driver at high speed cutting across several lanes, losing control, bumping two other minivans into spins, then flipping at the Pembroke Road exit. The driver and others in the car were pulled out and taken into custody by Fort Lauderdale police.
The bicyclist and the five suspects were taken to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.