A teen visiting South Florida from Brooklyn, New York is facing a number of very serious charges in connection with what police believe was an intentional hit-and-run involving a Miami Beach Police officer.
The teen, who was allegedly street racing with another vehicle, was stopped by a police officer on a bicycle. When the officer asked the teen for his registration and driver’s license, the teen took off, dragging the police officer nearly 300 feet. The officer was injured but survived.
The teen fled the scene but was located at his hotel. He was arrested and is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, reckless driving, and no valid driver’s license.
The teen remains in the Dade County Jail as the attempted first degree murder charge of a law enforcement officer is a non-bondable offense.
The fact that the teen did not have a valid driver’s license may have been the reason why he fled.
Eric Matheny is a Miami criminal attorney and Broward criminal attorney.