Cross-county chase ends with 3 arrests
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A police chase that started in Collier County ended with three subjects in custody in Broward County.
The names of the three suspects are Jeremy Marquis, Darius Rashaad Hall and James Steel.
The dramatic pursuit started on eastbound Alligator Alley just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. Broward Sheriff's Office Deputies were pursuing the vehicle after an alleged burglary in north Naples.
All BSO units briefly called off the chase as the vehicle drove at a high rate of speed onto Interstate 595. 7 Skyforce HD continued to follow the vehicle as it crossed into Davie and then Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Lauderdale Police caught up with the vehicle in a residential neighborhood where the three men ended up bailing out near 33rd Way and Northwest Eighth Court.
The trio tried to flee from police by running through the backyards of several homes and jumping over fences but officers were hot on their tails and caught all three.
About a mile away from the scene, two Fort Lauderdale Police cruisers responding to the pursuit were involved in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Northwest 27th Avenue and Sistrunk Boulevard.
"He tried to break and when they spun around, they hit each other," Chloe Aikins, who witnessed the accident with the officials said. "One hit the wall, one hit the pole."
The two officers were treated and later released from Broward Health Medical Center. One officer suffered a broken ankle and the other officer suffered a broken rib.
Neighbors who witnessed the accident were shocked. "I even went inside the house and turned on the news and seen what was going on before I even walked out the house. I was like, 'What?!' and I walked out and it was right there," said Eric Harden. "Nothing really happens here like that. It's a pretty quiet neighborhood."
Another witness said, "My husband said he heard all the commotion in the fence. He said he heard a lot of running going on."
The victim of the robbery which started the high speed chase spoke out once the suspects were in custody. "Just like to say that it's a shock. We are so thankful that neighbors noticed everything that was going on and helped apprehend and report to the police," said the victim. "The police were able to trace these people all the way across the state and hopefully get our things back, and hopefully they will be punished for what they've done to us, and I'm sure to others."
Fort Lauderdale Police have not released any information on the charges towards the suspects.
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