In Miami-Dade County, four individuals were apprehended following a high-speed police pursuit on Florida’s Turnpike on Thursday afternoon. The pursuit involved a U-Haul van reported stolen from Broward County and believed to be used in several thefts, including a recent incident at a Kohl’s department store in Homestead.
Sky 10 footage captured the scene as the van, trailed by Florida Highway Patrol troopers and Miami-Dade police officers, sped north on the Turnpike. The chase culminated near Northwest 114th Street, where a trooper successfully executed a maneuver to halt the van.
Upon stopping, officers swarmed the vehicle to detain its occupants. During the arrest, two suspects were seen on the edge of an overpass, with one briefly dangling off the side before being pulled to safety and handcuffed.
The pursuit initiated after the suspects allegedly rammed a police car while fleeing the Kohl’s parking lot, where they were accused of stealing merchandise. One of the suspects, identified as Mekal Tarashi Wilson, 36, from Pompano Beach, is facing charges including high-speed fleeing and eluding police, and aggravated battery. Another suspect, Shuneka Gordon, 38, is charged with involvement in the Homestead retail theft. Gordon appeared in bond court on Friday, with her bond set at $7,500.
The chase reached speeds of up to 100 mph and resulted in a minor collision with a silver Toyota Camry. Despite the high speeds and aggressive driving, no significant injuries were reported. The police operation saw the successful deployment of three PIT maneuvers, eventually bringing the van to a stop.