Miami-Dade police Wednesday described what led to a predawn fiery wreck on Sunday involving a police car, two SUVs and an alleged unlicensed driver with a criminal court history over 50 cases.
The unlicensed driver — 38-year-old Bradys Balcinde of Miami Springs — sits in Miami-Dade’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on $230,000 bond. Officer Ebony Nesbitt and Pembroke Pines’ Danielle Straughter went to Jackson Memorial and Jackson North, respectively, with minor injuries after the wreck at Northwest 171st Street and Seventh Avenue.
Balcinde’s entry on Miami-Dade Corrections’ site contains a “hold for immigration” note. His bond is well above what’s usually set for two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer and habitual driving without a license. His extensive conviction list, added to most recently last month, includes three convictions for habitual driving without a license. A conviction for fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer and grand theft, earned him a six-month stint in Florida prison two years ago.
The aggravated assault counts last weekend involved more than fisticuffs: Balcinde allegedly aimed his gray Nissan sedan at Nesbitt’s body (twice) and another officer’s marked police cruiser.
His arrest reports claim Balcinde did this while at 1400 NW 77th Terr., though don’t say what sparked such behavior. Nesbitt hopped in her marked cruiser car and began chasing Balcinde.
That pursuit zoomed north, then back south and ended in the shadow of the Golden Glades Interchange. As Nesbitt headed south on Northwest Seventh Avenue, her police cruiser collided with Straughter’s SUV, which was going west on Northwest 171st Street. That collision sent Nesbitt’s cruiser nose first into the driver’s side of a Cadillac Escalade driven by James Wright Jr. of Miramar.
Flames consumed the Escalade before Miami-Dade Fire Rescue put them out. Wright escaped injury.
Meanwhile, south of the intersection, Balcinde discovered he’d driven himself into a set of streets that all led back to the accident scene. He was arrested in front of the GFive strip club at the end of Northwest 170th Street.