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Car chase ends with a bang — right in Hallandale police parking lot

A Toyota Camry was stopped with four occupants in Hallandale Beach because the plate did not match the vehicle. During the traffic stop, one subject was being questioned outside the vehicle when it took off with police in pursuit, crashing behind the Hallandale Police Dept. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.
A Toyota Camry was stopped with four occupants in Hallandale Beach because the plate did not match the vehicle. During the traffic stop, one subject was being questioned outside the vehicle when it took off with police in pursuit, crashing behind the Hallandale Police Dept. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Four people were taken into custody Tuesday after a traffic stop turned into a chase through the streets of Hallandale Beach.

The chase ended with a violent crash — right in the parking lot of the city police department.

Just before 2:30 a.m., a Hallandale Beach officer pulled over a car at the Chevron gas station, 15 N. Federal Hwy. for an expired tag. A check of the car’s license number came back that it had been reported stolen.

Police spokeswoman Captain Sonia Quinones said during the stop one of the occupants got out and attempted to walk away but was detained. The driver, Quinones said, made a run for it and hit the gas.

She said one on their officers suffered a minor injury because he was reaching into the car when the driver accelerated.

Quinones said it appears the driver wasn’t familiar with the area and ended up heading south on Old Federal Highway, which dead-ends next to the city’s cultural center and police station.

The driver of the stolen car hit something and lost control. The vehicle rolled over and slammed into another parked car.

Two of the people in the car then tried to run off but were quickly rounded up. All three were taken into custody, Quinones said charges are pending the outcome of their investigation.

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