A suspected Florida carjacker led police on Monday in a wild chase that spanned several counties. Dashcam footage showed the man behind the wheel of a stolen box truck, swearing across lanes and colliding with other vehicles before being grabbed by a police car. But the chase didn’t end there. Read on to find out what happened next.
Authorities say Brandon Baker, 33, was involved in a carjacking and then stole the truck in Tampa at about 7 a.m. on Wednesday. Troopers tried to stop Baker several times, but he refused to stop, racing along highways and residential streets as officers from several counties joined the chase. Click Orlando reported. Keep reading to see the video.
Dashcam footage shows Baker driving wildly for nearly 30 minutes, going in and out of lanes, passing cars dangerously close and even swerving into opposite lanes on the highway. At one point, he steers the truck over a sidewalk and into a parking lot, bumping into cars on the way. At one point he takes the bumper off a police car.
At around 7:30 a.m., Baker jumped out of the truck at an intersection and attempted to cross multiple lanes of highway traffic. But he was surrounded by a number of police vehicles and was quickly wrestled to the ground, where he continued to resist while handcuffed. He faces several charges, including grand theft of a motor vehicle, three counts of leaving the scene of a hit-and-run, and five counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.
That was far from the only wild police chase this week. On Wednesday, a man and woman suspected of breaking and entering in San Francisco led police in a chase through the city’s streets before turning into a pedestrian walkway, leaving passersby to run for cover. “We thought we were going to get hit”, a bystander told KPIX. “All of a sudden a car comes running at about 45 or 50 mph with about 10 police cars chasing him.” Fortunately, the suspects were arrested and no one was injured.
And in Ohio on Thursday, a woman led police on a harrowing chase that lasted nearly an hour, damaging several police cars and crossing five communities before ending in Cleveland. By the time the woman collided head-on with a parked car and was arrested at 3 a.m., the car she was driving had somehow lost all its tires, forcing her to drive on bare rims. Here’s the video of the Florida chase: