South Florida

Accused Tow Truck Thief Who Led Cops on Chase Appears in Court

A South Florida man who allegedly struck police cars as he led officers on a chase in a stolen flatbed tow truck made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Devon Dean, 37, is facing a slew of criminal charges including grand theft and battery on a law enforcement officer for what prosecutors say he did Tuesday night.

He was given $23,500 bond at a hearing Wednesday. He was appointed a public defender.

Doral Police say they were chasing Dean down the Palmetto as he dodged palm trees and light poles and was driving into oncoming traffic. But Dean's luck ran out under the overpass on 107th Avenue and Northwest 12th Street as he left the expressway and was arrested.

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