Man tries to evade traffic stop by ramming into officer and police cruiser, cops say

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A driver hit a police officer with his car and crashed into a cruiser before ditching the scene Friday afternoon.

The man, whose name was not released, had been stopped by police for a potential traffic infraction at Northwest 20th Avenue and 72nd Street in the Gladeview area of Miami-Dade County, just west of Little Haiti.

He struck the officer and cop car with his Ford sedan before leading Miami-Dade Police on a short chase. He then abandoned his car in the 300 block of Northwest 56th Street and took off running before police apprehended him. It is unclear if the man was arrested.

The officer struck by the car sustained minor injuries and was treated on the scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Police did not release further details Friday night.

Martin Vassolo is a general assignment reporter on the Miami Herald’s metro desk. He was a member of the Herald’s reporting team covering the 2018 midterm elections and Florida’s recount. Previously, he worked as a political reporting intern with the Herald and as editor-in-chief of the University of Florida’s student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator.