Miami teen steals police car, leads officers on chase


A 16-year-old boy led Miami-Dade Police officers on a foot chase before stealing one of their patrol cars and fleeing the scene Saturday afternoon. The teenager was apprehended a few miles away by Miami Beach Police motorcycle units.

At 1 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance complaint at 12701 NW 17 Pl. in Miami. A woman living there told them she had been arguing with her son about his possible involvement in a robbery when he stormed out of the house.

While the officers were interviewing the mother, they spotted the juvenile across the street and chased him. The suspect was able to outrun the officers, doubled back, and sped away in their marked police car.

A flurry of 911 calls coming into the department reported a police car driving erratically and striking three civilian cars. The teenager eventually lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a building at 2601 NW 175th St.

The suspect once again tried to run away but was apprehended by off-duty Miami Beach Police officers working a funeral detail who witnessed the accident and helped to apprehend the teenager.

The boy was treated for minor injuries on scene by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The civilians injured during the chase were also treated.

The teen faces multiple charges and is being questioned about his possible involvement in a robbery.