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SUV launches into Coral Gables fountain


Special to the Miami Herald

A late-model Nissan Pathfinder shocked Sunday morning shoppers at the tony Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables as it floated inside the center's welcome fountain.

According to police, the Nissan hit a curb at 2 a.m. near Ponce De Leon Boulevard and Ruiz Avenue with “such force,” it launched the SUV airborne into the fountain.

“That is $100,000 damage, minimum,” said Richard Valdivia, the operations supervisor at Merrick Park. “These are all custom tiles that were imported from Spain.”

The driver of the Nissan was gone when police arrived. Inside, there were open bottles of Heineken beer.

Mall officials called a crane company to remove the vehicle. Police are trying to find the driver.

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