MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A 34-year-old man accused of several violent crimes was officially booked at a Miami-Dade jail on Saturday.
Charges include aggravated battery on an officer for Keith Antonio Michel — and that’s just the beginning.
Authorities said Michel was behind the wheel of a dangerous police pursuit through the streets of Miami Friday.
It started when Lauderhill Police put out an alert for Michel after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times the night before.
When Miami Police spotted him in a red Mercury and attempted to pull him over near N.W. 7th Avenue and 13th Street, he stepped on the gas and fled.
At one point, he stopped abruptly and tried to run over an officer, who fired his weapon. But Michel again took off.
“During the course of that pursuit two Miami police officers discharged their firearms,” said Chief Rodolfo Llanes.
A caravan of police cruisers chased the car as it weaved through traffic and nearly clipped several cars.
The chase finally ended violently behind a restaurant at the corner of N.W. 11th Avenue and 119th Street. More than a dozen officers surrounded the car with their guns drawn.
Helicopter footage showed the suspect then put the car in reverse and almost pin an officer and his K-9 against a fence while backing up. But the car became pinned itself within the tight quarters.
Police finally pulled the guy out of the car.
“This was a vicious attack and we’re very thankful that this violent individual is off the streets,” said Lt. Greg Solowsky of the Lauderhill Police Dept. “You saw what he did when the police officers tried to stop him. So based on his actions from yesterday and today, I’d say he’s extremely dangerous.”
Michel has a criminal history dating back to at least 2005, going to prison for crimes ranging from grand theft to battery of an officer.
His girlfriend is in critical condition but is aware that he was caught.
“She’s extremely grateful the Dade County professionals took this violent person off the streets and very happy with the outcome,” said Lt. Solowsky.
Michel faces additional charges in Broward for attempted murder.