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Man watches stolen car burn on the news

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A stolen truck was the focal point of a police pursuit that ended up with a fiery crash that the vehicle's owner would learn about on the news. A stolen truck was the focal point of a police pursuit that ended up with a fiery crash that the vehicle's owner would learn about on the news.

LAUDERHILL, Fla. (WSVN) -- A stolen truck was the focal point of a police pursuit that ended up with a fiery crash that the vehicle's owner would learn about on the news.

The truck's owner, Willie Kelly, found out his truck was involved after family members saw it on TV. "My mother-in-law said she was watching the news," Kelly said. "She called her daughter said, 'Y'all truck is on the news. I know it's y'all truck.'"

The man who police said stole Kelly's truck blew their own cover, then led police on a chase, which ended in a fireball. "It's crazy and incredible at the same time," Lamont Morgan said about the crash he witnessed.

Lauderhill Police said three men inside the pickup must have thought police, who were responding to an unrelated burglary, were instead responding to them. The man who was driving the stolen truck allegedly accelerated towards an officer before fleeing from the area of Northwest 55th Avenue and 17th Street in Lauderhill, around 11 a.m., Wednesday morning.

The men then led police on the chase, which was first involved in one accident along the 4400 block of Rock Island Road but would continue. They then circled back to the same intersection, striking a barrier before the truck caught fire. "It started off from the back, sort of like the wheel wells, and then spread towards the cab, and then over into the brush," Morgan said. "The Fire Department came and knocked it out in no time."

One suspect was arrested at the scene, but the others went for a swim and a run to escape police. "Actually, jumped over a guard rail, swam across the canal, exited the other side of the canal, ran across the Turnpike, which at this point in the day, is extremely busy," Lt. Michael Butkus of the Lauderhill Police said.

One of the escapees was later arrested, but a third suspect remains at large. "He's a black male, approximately 5 feet 6 inches in height. Again, that's approximate, short hair with a white tank top," Butkus said.

Kelly said his truck happened to have a rather ironic front plate. "In the front, I had 'Boss with the hot sauce,'" he said. "It was really hot. It burned to the T. There's no more sauce or nothing, so it's gone. No more sauce in that truck."

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the third suspect, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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