Homestead - South Dade

ATV rider leads police on chase, before running out of gas

A teen on an ATV led police through miles of rugged terrain in deep South Miami-Dade on Wednesday afternoon before presumably running out of gas and surrendering.

The entire chase, near Southwest 312th Street and 229th Avenue, close to the Homestead General Aviation Airport, was captured on television helicopter cameras.

The man could be seen on his red, white and blue ATV speeding along dirt roads and through brush. At one point his ATV got stuck, but he released it and continued to elude police.

According to Miami-Dade police, the incident began at 28151 SW 164th Avenue when three teenagers on ATVs confronted an unidentified person whom they had a previous dispute with. One of the teens brandished a gun and threatened the victim, police said. The victim then ran to a nearby recreational building and a witness called 911.

When officers arrived, the teens took off in different directions, and two were arrested immediately. The third led police on a chase into Homestead.

According to Homestead police, the pursuit began in Miami-Dade “due to some type of crime in Miami Dade's jurisdiction invoking a firearm.” When the chase entered Homestead, city officers assisted. The man on the ATV struck a marked police unit, Homestead police said.

The three 16-year-olds, who the Miami Herald are not identifying because of their age, were charged with aggravated assault, fleeing and eluding.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff