Cellphone Thief Caught After Striking Utility Pole

Most people know that when they are stopped by law enforcement officers, it’s a good idea to comply in order to avoid more severe consequences.  Attempting to flee the long arm of the law is never a good idea, as one Pembroke Pines man has recently learned.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that on Tuesday, November 12th, Ariel Garcia, 24, was facing the charge of cellphone theft when police officers attempted to stop him after he allegedly stole a woman’s cellphone and took off in his vehicle.

A spokesperson from the Pembroke Pines Police Department said in a statement that eyewitnesses identified the vehicle as a white Chrysler sedan.  Initial police investigations determined the license plate of Garcia’s car and it was later located in Miramar where police officers attempted to stop him.

During the traffic stop, Garcia attempted to drive off and nearly struck one of the detectives during his getaway.

Police lost sight of Garcia’s vehicle, but it was later re-located by another Miramar Police officer near County Line Road. Police re-initiated the chase until Garcia crashed his car into a utility pole on Northeast 163rd Street in North Miami Beach.

Garcia was arrested by Miramar Police, and he was booked into Miami-Dade Jail on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding, and aggravated fleeing.

Pembroke Pines Police say that Garcia remained in Miami-Dade County Jail on an out-of-county hold.