South Florida drivers prove time and time again that no police traffic stop is ever routine.
Take these prime examples, both from today:
- A lieutenant with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spotted someone smack into a Southwest Miami-Dade mailbox.
The conservation officer called for police backup and approached the guy's car. The suspect jumped out of his car and into the driver's seat of the lieutenant's state-owned SUV.
The lieutenant suffered some injuries trying to stop the guy, who drove away but was arrested after a short manhunt that forced the lockdown of Princeton Christian School Wednesday afternoon. Police found the lieutenant's Ford Explorer, too - at the bottom of a canal (CBS 4 photo at left).
-Officers in Miami-Dade Police's Doral District stopped a white Honda Pilot at the Mall of the Americas after reports of suspicious driving. Police ran the license plate and determined it had been stolen.
Officers got the man out of the car and were handcuffing him, but no one bothered to put the Honda into park. It was still in gear and rolled over an officer's foot.
The officer was treated at a local hospital, and detectives were questioning the suspect about his possible connection to several recent robberies.