An attempted burglary suspect is in custody after leading police on a chase through two Broward cities early Sunday morning.
Police say 41-year-old Juan Carlos Cardoso tried to dig a hole into a Verizon store from an adjacent Enterprice Rental Car store at 2222 University Drive in Coral Springs.
"It appears the suspect was most likely trying to make entrance into Verizon, most likely to steal cell phones or commit some type of theft while inside," Coral Springs Police Lt. Brad McKeone said.
The store's alarm went off, prompting Cardoso to flee in a silver SUV. Police arrived as Cardoso was leaving the parking lot and chased him nearly five miles. The chase ended in a residential community near Southgate Blvd. and Sanibel Drive in Tamarac.
Cardoso was arrested after crashing into a police cruiser and two parked cars. Gavin Gordon is one of the owners of the damaged cars, and said it was a shock to see this happen so close to home.
"Something like this doesn't usually happen in this neighborhood," Gordon said. "It's very secluded."
Area resident Kayla Weiss said she witnessed the arrest.
"The cops took him out of the car and he was resisting, he was trying to fight the cops," Weiss said. "So they tazed him. It was insane."
McKeone said one officer injured his leg while arresting Cardoso, and was taken to Coral Springs Medical Center. He is expected to be okay.
Cardoso was transported to Broward Health Medical Center for minor injuries. He was then booked into the Broward County Main Jail.
Cardoso faces seven charges, including aggravated battery on an officer, leaving the scene of a crash, and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Police say he may face more charges from prosecutors. He is being held on more than $21,000 bond. It is unclear if Cardoso has an attorney.
Police believe there may have been other people involved in the attempted burglary. They are asking anyone with information to call the Coral Springs Police at (954) 344-1800.