Newly released dashcam footage from Florida police gives a harrowing first-person view of a rollover car crash caused by young car thieves. Police followed 5 juveniles on the high-speed chase that ended with the spectacular wreck.
Officers in Fort Lauderdale received word of an attempted theft at a residential garage around 7 am on May 19. According to the caller, multiple thieves were trying to break in and steal a vehicle.
The suspects escaped in a separate car before police arrived, but officers took a description of the vehicle — which they soon found and attempted to pull over. Instead of complying, however, the car took off, prompting police to pursue. As it sped away, the car allegedly struck bicyclist Michael Evans before merging onto the I-95 highway.
“I knew what happened, and I dragged myself to the grass out of the middle of the street,” Evans recounted.
Aerial footage showed the vehicle weaving through traffic at high rates of speed for some time before making a sudden right turn across three lanes. Cutting off two other vehicles, the car then hits the side rail and rolls over before coming to a rest, upside-down, in front of a police car.
“All I remember was, I was hit from the side, and then I felt I was spun around, and the next thing I knew, I was stopped,” said Sharon Guleck, one of the innocent drivers involved in the final crash.
Footage released on Tuesday, July 20 gives a ground-level perspective of the moment of impact, as well as officers’ efforts to pull the suspects from the overturned vehicle.
Who Were The Car Thieves?
The gang of would-be car thieves turned out to be five juveniles ranging in age from 12-16. The minors, who remain unidentified due to their age, currently face charges including grand theft auto, burglary, fleeing and eluding, and leaving the scene of a crash causing injuries.
Meanwhile, bicyclist Michael Evans is still recovering from the incident weeks later.
“My brother has some spine and neck fractures and staples in his head,” Evans’ sister Diana wrote on a GoFundMe page. “He is possibly gonna be out of work for a while. We are asking for your help so he can pay his bills and rent.”