Man Arrested After Police Pursuit of U-Haul Spans 3 Cities: Opa Locka Police

A man was arrested after a police pursuit of a U-Haul truck that led them on a chase through three cities Sunday afternoon, officials said.

According to Opa Locka Police, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a U-haul van near the 1700 block of Ali Baba Avenue. The vehicle stopped, but moments later police say as the officer exited his patrol car, the U-haul struck him.

"He radioed in for backup," said Chief James Dobson, Opa Locka Police. "Other officer ensued tried to initiate another stop on the vehicle, the vehicle failed to stop."

The driver of the U-haul was later identified as 51-year-old Jean Philippe Pierre-Antoine. Police say Pierre-Antoine led police on a pursuit through three cities. Officials say he struck several parked cars along the way.

The chase came to an end off of State Road 7 and Southwest 19th Street in Miramar. Police say Pierre-Antoine was blocked by a patrol car. They believe he was trying to make it home.

"He's being charged with aggravated battery on a police officer, fleeing and eluding on a police officer also, and aggravated assault with a vehicle on a police officer," said Dobson.

Pierre-Antoine appeared in court Monday in Broward, where his bond was set at $18,500. He's being held on the charges out of Miami-Dade. It's unknown if he's hired an attorney.

The officer has non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be okay. He will be discharged from the hospital on Monday.

Police said there was a passenger in the U-Haul who is cooperating with investigators.

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