MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A police pursuit in Miami-Dade ended with a fiery crash, several people hurt and an arrest.READ MORE: Spacewalking Astronauts Tackle More Prep Work For New Solar Panels
Early Sunday morning, a marked Miami-Dade Police unit was chasing a suspect before it slammed into two other cars, on N.W. 119th Street and N.W. 7th Avenue.
Investigators said the pursuit began when Bradys Balcinde, 38, assaulted an officer and refused to stop for police.
“It was an assault on a police officer which is what initiated the whole scene,” said Det. Argemis Colome.
During the chase, the patrol car, driven by a 3-year veteran of the force, was traveling southbound on N.W. 7th Avenue when it crashed into a black Infiniti, going west on N.W. 171st Street.READ MORE: Taste Of The Town Dine Out Takeout: Famed Private Chef Opens First Restaurant Perl By Chef IP
The collision sent the police cruiser into a Cadillac SUV, stopped at the light. They both caught fire.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and put out the flames.
The police officer and the driver of the first vehicle were both taken to local hospitals, which thank God they’re both in stable conditions at this moment,” said Det. Colome.
Police say Balcinde was taken into custody within blocks of the crash and is now facing charges for
assault on an officer and eluding police.
The officer was taken to Memorial Hospital and the driver of the Infiniti to Jackson Memorial Hospital North.