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Police chase from Broward ends in Miami crash



A burglary suspect from Broward County who led police on a chase on Interstate 95, then collided head-on with drivers near downtown Miami has been captured after a brief manhunt Tuesday afternoon.

The incident began around 6 p.m. after a man was identified as a suspect in the burglary of a parked car at a Home Depot. He fled in a van and headed for the highway.

The rush-hour chase, captured by local television cameras, showed the suspect maneuvering through traffic on I-95 in a stolen blue van before exiting I-95, getting onto State Road 112/I-195 and then getting off another exit and heading south to Miami.

The suspect, who allegedly committed a crime in Pembroke Park, drove on the wrong side of the street, avoiding scores of cars but colliding with two different motorists.

He finally slammed head on into a motorist on Southwest First Street and 16th Avenue.

All the drivers who were hit had minor injuries

The suspect, identified as 47-year-old Guillermo Alvarez Mendez, jumped out of the van and ran into nearby apartments, racing through backyards and trying to climb up one rooftop unsuccessfully.

Police said he took off his shirt and slacks to disguise his appearance as officers from several police agencies trailed him. K-9 units finally cornered him and he was arrested.

He faces multiple charges.


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