Four burglary suspects were arrested after a police chase on I-75 Thursday afternoon, Miami-Dade Police said.
The chase began in Miami-Dade County and ended in Broward with the suspects' Mercedes-Benz crashing outside a Publix shopping center, police and witnesses said. The men first tried hiding in a car wash, then scattered. Three were found quickly, and a K-9 found the fourth man in a nearby neighborhood, police said.
Police said the men had been eluding them for some time – until Thursday, when officers in unmarked cars spotted the rented Mercedes SUV in Kendall. The suspects caught wind of what was happening and sped off, and marked police cars were called in to assist, police said.
The suspects eventually ended up on I-75, getting off at Griffin Road in Davie, police said. The chase ended at about 12:30 p.m. at Griffin and Volunteer roads.
"We got passed coming across Weston by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 undercover cars – this pickup, a couple Dodge Intrepids. It was pretty wild," said Bob Bomback, who saw the pursuit.
Gonzalo Castro, who saw the suspects flee, said they walked in between some trees, but he lost them after that.
"It scared me," he said.
After the crash, a safe the size of a refrigerator was found in the trunk of the Mercedes. Police said the men, who are from Broward County, rented the SUV to use as their getaway vehicle when they broke into homes.
Police have not yet released their names.