Crime

He broke a cop’s leg in crash. His excuse: ‘I am sorry, man; I was trying to get home.’

Anthony Ganie
Anthony Ganie - Broward Corrections

What started as a traffic crash ended with a man facing a slew of serious charges including DUI with serious bodily injury after police say he led officers on a chase and then crashed into a patrol car.

The crash left a Miramar officer with a fractured leg, according to a police report.

Anthony Ganie, 26, who also faces charges of DUI with property damage, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash and resisting arrest, was being held Tuesday night in Broward’s Main Jail on a $10,000 bond.

After being removed from his crashed car, Ganie, according to his arrest report, said: “I am sorry man. I was trying to get home.”

According to police, Ganie was in an accident at Southwest 62nd Avenue and 38th Street just after 3 a.m. Tuesday. As officer Steven McGillicuddy headed to the scene, reports came in that a black Acura had fled the area.

Police said the other vehicle involved in the crash, a Buick, had about $8,000 in damages.

Witnesses told McGillicuddy the Acura was headed north on Southwest 64th Avenue. The officer headed that way and saw the Acura pass through the intersection of Southwest 64th Avenue and Miramar Parkway “at a high rate of speed.”

According to the police report, Ganie was driving 60 mph in a 30-mph zone.

“As soon as I activated lights and sirens, vehicle-1 took off at a high rate of speed,” he wrote in the report.

Ganie continued driving and “completely disregarded the north facing stop sign,” the officer said.

McGillicuddy continued behind Ganie, who at one point was traveling at speeds of 80 mph, according to the report.

As Ganie tried to turn south on Southwest 62nd Avenue from Pembroke Road, the officer wrote, Ganie “lost control of the vehicle” and crashed into the front of a patrol car. The car had about $5,000 in damage, police said.

The officer was taken to the hospital for a fractured leg.

Officers tried to get Ganie out of his crashed car, but he didn’t listen, police said.

“I gave the driver multiple loud commands to exit the vehicle and he failed to comply,” McGillicuddy wrote in the report.

McGillicuddy said Ganie had to be “physically extricated.”

“My first observation of Ganie upon contacting him was that he was profusely sweating and smelled of alcoholic beverage,” the officer wrote.

Ganie, who was busted in Broward for failure to wear a seat belt in 2013 and paid $120, agreed to field sobriety tests, police said. He told police he had two shots of liquor, according to the report.

Police said he showed signs of impairment in all three tests: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test; the Walk and Turn test and the One Leg Stand Test.

Ganie was then taken into custody. According to the report, he was later given a breathalyzer test after consenting and blew a .075, which is slightly under the legal limit of .08.



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