A trauma surgeon was flown to the crash site and spent nearly an hour and a half removing a large pole from the officer's leg after he crashed his squad car on the southbound side of the Don Shula Expressway near Kendall Drive just before 3 a.m., according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Arnold Piedrahita.
The officer, who was critically injured, was taken by helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was conscious and talking, Lt. Piedrahita said.
The officer's squad car was left in a tangled heap, its roof completely torn off by rescue crews.
Both the Snapper Creek and Don Shula Expressways had been shutdown near the scene as police investigated the cause of the crash, which is still unknown.