Three suspects in custody after high-speed chase from Collier to Broward County

 

ldixon@MiamiHerald.com

A cross-county police chase that began in Collier County Tuesday morning ended over 100 miles away with the arrests of three suspects in Lauderhill after they careened through the neighborhood and attempted to flee their car on foot.

The suspects, Jeremy Thomas, 22, Darius Hall, 22, and James Steel, 19, have all been charged with unoccupied burglary and grand theft. Thomas, who was driving the vehicle, faces a charge of fleeing and eluding.

South Florida television stations went live and captured part of the chase and arrests.

All three of the suspects are on probation for various charges including burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

The chase started soon after Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood and found a burglarized home in the area. Deputies said the three suspects stole jewelry and other items from the home.

A witness described the car, a black Chrysler 300, and when a vehicle matching that description was spotted on Alligator Alley the chase was on.

The pursuit started on Alligator Alley in Collier County, at about 10:05 a.m., and went from I-595 to the streets of Broward. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and other local officers joined in the chase, but eventually called it off when the car made it on to I-595 exceeding speeds of 100 mph.

The three suspects jumped from the car and ran in different directions through yards in the neighborhood at Northwest Eighth Court and Northwest 33rd Way, jumping gates and fences along the way, but were eventually caught and taken into custody by Fort Lauderdale police officers.

Detectives said that some of the property stolen from the Naples house was in the vehicle when the men were arrested.

In the midst of the chase, two Fort Lauderdale police cruisers got into a three-car accident with a silver Honda Civic, that belongs to Broward, at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and Sistrunk Boulevard.

The officers involved were hospitalized with minor injuries at Broward Health Medical Center and have been released.

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