What to Know
- A high-speed chase ended in a rollover crash involving several vehicles on Interstate 95 in Broward County during morning rush hour Wednesday
- Police said the incident began when officers started a pursuit of a stolen SUV that had been involved in an attempted burglary of another vehicle in Fort Lauderdale
- 5 juvenile suspects who were in the SUV were taken into custody and hospitalized, and several other motorists were hospitalized with minor injuries, officials said
Multiple suspects were in custody after a high-speed police chase on Interstate 95 in Broward County ended in a rollover crash that had a portion of the highway shut down for several hours Wednesday morning.
Florida Highway Patrol officials said Fort Lauderdale Police had been initially involved in the pursuit of a vehicle that had been involved in a burglary.
Fort Lauderdale Police officials said they had initially responded to a burglary call just before 7 a.m. in the 2200 block of Northeast 28th Avenue, after the suspects tried to steal a car from a home's garage.
Officers spotted the vehicle involved in the attempted burglary and tried to stop it, but the SUV fled, officials said.
Police said the SUV, which had been stolen out of Miami-Dade County, struck a bicyclist at northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 6th Street as it fled.
Fort Lauderdale officers pursued the SUV but pulled back as a Broward Sheriff's Office helicopter arrived. As the SUV entered I-95 southbound, it was spotted by an FHP trooper near Griffin Road around 8 a.m.
Aerial footage showed the SUV speeding in and out of traffic as it was being pursued by an FHP trooper.
The SUV eventually lost control and hit another car then flipped over near the exit to Pembroke Road. Multiple other cars were also involved in the crash.
Police said five juveniles were taken into custody and all of the suspects were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police said several drivers were brought to local hospitals with minor injuries.
One of the other drivers who was struck by the fleeing car described the confusion immediately after the crash.
"I felt a hit from the side, then I felt I was spun around, and the next thing I knew I was stopped," Sharon Glueck said. "I saw something, there was a car over there that was hit and then I saw the police car in front of me and then the car that had been overturned with the teenagers in it."
The bicyclist who was struck was also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
"We were extremely lucky that there were no more injuries, and that no other vehicles were involved than the ones that were involved in the crash," FHP Lt. Yanko Reyes said.
All southbound lanes of I-95 were shut down at the scene before it was cleared later in the day.