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A cop crashed in Miami Gardens. Then, another officer crashed his cruiser into a pole

It was a wild start to the day Thursday when two police cruisers crashed at separate locations in Miami Gardens.

Shortly after midnight, a suspect ran his car into a Miami Gardens police cruiser before stopping along Northwest 161st Street and 37th Avenue, near the Palmetto Expressway. Police said it was intentional.

The suspect then fled on foot.

Another Miami Gardens officer responding to that crash ran into his own problem.

On the way to the scene — lights flashing — the officer tried to pass a vehicle that had stopped on the road and clipped it, according to the Miami Gardens Police Department. Losing control, the officer then crashed his cruiser into a pole in the area of Northwest 167th Street and 27th Avenue.

Video by WSVN shows the marked SUV with significant front-end damage, the red light camera pole overturned.

That officer was taken to a local hospital as a precaution and has since been released, according to a Miami Gardens spokesman.

Miami Gardens police then created a perimeter and eventually took the suspect into custody. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution and will then be taken to the police station.

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