Police: man in chase used former UM player's ID
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Police falsely identified a man who led them on a chase to Jackson Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon as former University of Miami football player Najeh Davenport.
Miami-Dade Police arrested 36-year-old Damion Coleman after he had led them on a chase and then bailed out in front of the emergency room of JMH. It would turn out he had Davenport's drivers license on him, and police would release that information as the identification of the suspect.
In a widely circulated news release, Miami-Dade Police identified the suspect as 34-year-old Davenport, with an address from a suburb of Green Bay, Wisconsin and the same birthday as the former UM running back who later enjoyed a career in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and other teams.
7News called the home of Davenport, and his girlfriend confirmed that he had reported his wallet stolen the day before. He then contacted police, and they corrected the suspect's name as Coleman. 7 News did try to speak to Davenport. We drove to his house but we were denied entry into his gated community.
The chase came to an end sometime before 1 p.m., after the driver exited SR 836 and headed off on North 14th Avenue. There were several Miami-Dade Police and City of Miami cruisers on his tail. When he bailed out in front of JMH and tried to run inside the emergency room, several police officers took him into custody without incident. "It took a lot of guys to bring him down," noted a witness.
Miami-Dade Police, including a police helicopter had followed the suspect vehicle from University Drive on the County Line. The chase then traveled from the Florida Turnpike to southbound Interstate 95 before ending outside JMH.
Police had been in pursuit of the vehicle, because it was believed to have been involved in a robbery.
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