A 100-mile car chase that started in Miami and stretched 100 miles north to Stuart ended in a standoff that shut down the northbound lanes of I-95 in Martin County early Saturday morning.
At about 1 a.m., law enforcement personnel from half a dozen agencies in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties had the armed suspect in their sights and were waiting for SWAT team members to arrive.
The male suspect was barricaded in his disabled car on the left median of I-95 and refused to come out.
SWAT team members with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office eventually dislodged the suspect and reopened the interstate highway about 2 a.m.
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No one was injured but at least half a dozen civilian and police cars were damaged in Palm Beach and Martin counties.
Police sources tell Gossip Extra that the incident started shortly before midnight in Miami when cops responded to a domestic violence situation. Police were met with gunfire and a brief shootout ensued.
The male suspect then managed to drag the woman with whom he was arguing into a mid-1980s Chevy conversion van — and the chase was on.
Gossip Extra‘s company car was nearly rammed by the suspect on I-95 near Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
By the time the chase entered Palm Beach County, nearly 25 law enforcement vehicles and two helicopters — including state troopers and Broward Sheriff’s deputies and Miami-Dade Police — were in hot pursuit.
The family van weaved in and out of traffic at speeds of about 85 to 90 mph for more than an hour.
The male suspect refused to come out of his van for more than 30 minutes. He was convinced to surrender after heavily armed SWAT deputies arrived.
Police have yet to identify the suspect and the victim.
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