A carjacking suspect who led Miami police on a chase that ended in a fiery head-on crash that injured an officer is facing numerous charges, authorities said.
Kieron Darnell Womble, 18, is facing charges including armed carjacking, aggravated assault, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and fleeing and eluding police, officials said Wednesday.
According to an arrest report, the incident began with an armed carjacking Monday night in a parking lot in the 3500 block of Northwest 17th Avenue. The suspect, who was armed with a rifle, stole a red Honda Civic and other belongings from two victims, the report said.
On Tuesday, around 4:40 p.m., officers were in the area of Northwest 14th Avenue and 39th Street when they spotted the car and tried to perform a traffic stop. Womble, who was driving the car, fled and was pursued by the officers, the report said.
The pursuit ended in a head-on crash involving the Civic and an officer in the area of U.S. 1 and Southwest 16th Avenue that caused the Honda and patrol car to catch fire. Fire rescue responded and were able to quickly extinguish the flames.
Womble and an officer were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center where they were treated for minor injuries.
The carjacking victims later identified Womble as the man who robbed them, the report said. He was booked into jail, where he remained held without bond Wednesday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.