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A one-police car, two-SUV crash on the Miami Gardens border involving a police pursuit left two cars burned, but drivers with minor injuries Sunday morning.
It also ended with the suspect being pursued, 38-year-old Bradys Balcinde of Miami Springs, arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
This all started with that assault, according to Miami-Dade police Det. Argemis Colome. Colome didn’t know the details of the alleged assault, but said it happened at Northwest 119th Street and Seventh Avenue. That sparked the chase that ended just off the Golden Glades Interchange, at Northwest 171st Street and Seventh Avenue.
The assaulted officer, who has three years experience, was heading south on Northwest Seventh Avenue when she collided with an Infiniti SUV heading west on 171st Street. That propelled the police car nose first into a Cadillac Escalade facing east on 171st. Collision No. 2 ignited flames that burned the front of the police car and most of the Escalade before Miami-Dade Fire Rescue could extinguish them.
The driver of the Infiniti was taken to Jackson North Medical Center with minor injuries. The officer went to Jackson Memorial Hospital as a precaution.
Balcinde got taken into custody in front of the GFive strip club, on nearby Northwest 170th Street. Among the many charges with which Balcinde’s familiar — he’s had at least 30 arrests in Miami-Dade County alone — he should be most knowledgeable about fleeing and eluding law enforcement. He’s been arrested for it three times. The second one, along with grand theft, earned him six months in prison in 2015.
He’s also got at least convictions for being a habitually driving without a license. Last month, battery by a jail detainee and bringing contraband into a jail joined his conviction list.
This is the fourth recent crash in Miami-Dade County involving a police officer in pursuit or reponding to an emergency call. The latter was the case Saturday, when a 71-year-old father was killed after a Miami police officer crashed into two vehicles.