Hialeah

A little Friday morning ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ in Hialeah

Brandon Reyes, accused of attacking police with a stolen SUV and getting violent while resisting arrest Friday morning
Brandon Reyes, accused of attacking police with a stolen SUV and getting violent while resisting arrest Friday morning Miami-Dade Corrections

Driving an SUV on the wrong side of the road tends to draw the notice of the police. Ramming a police car with said SUV tends to lead to an arrest.

Hialeah police say 22-year-old Brandon Reyes did both early Friday morning.

The arrest affidavit also says that Reyes, as he was cuffed and walking to a police car, began kicking the Hialeah police officer escorting him. The arrest affidavit says the officer “used appropriate force to subdue the defendant.” Reyes’ mugshot photos show multiple facial scrapes.

For allegedly ramming the police car and kicking the officer, Reyes was also charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence. He and fellow suspect Justin Ramirez, 15, were charged with grand theft and resisting an officer without violence.

Hialeah police say the incident happened Friday around 5:30 a.m. at Southeast Eighth Avenue and Okeechobee Road. Police claim an officer saw Reyes driving a 2010 Toyota Highlander against the direction of traffic. When the officer tried to make a traffic stop, the affidavit says, Reyes made a U-turn and slammed into the officer’s car. After swinging onto Southeast Seventh Avenue, then Southeast Park Drive, Reyes and Ramirez got out and ran. An officer says he found Reyes behind a house, attempting to shed his yellow jacket.

Reyes had three previous criminal convictions for misdemeanor marijuana raps.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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