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4 suspected car burglars stopped after police chase on Turnpike in SW Miami-Dade

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SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities arrested four men following a police chase along the Florida Turnpike in Southwest Miami-Dade that was sparked by a car burglary.

Several police cruisers could be seen blocking the right northbound lane along the Turnpike, just before the Northwest 74th Street exit, at around 4 a.m. on Friday.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they were called by Miami-Dade Police to help stop burglary subjects after they were reported by area residents.

The subjects reportedly broke into a silver Toyota sedan near Southwest 235th Street and 108th Court at around 3:30 a.m.

Troopers ended up spotting the vehicle in the area of Northwest 12th Street and attempted a traffic stop but the driver refused to stop.

The ensuing chase was caught on dashcam video.

“He looks like he just tried to hit a police vehicle. Looks like he tried to ram one of the units,” an officer said in police radio transmissions.

Troopers were eventually able to stop him using a pit maneuver. Dashcam video captured the moment the trooper’s cruiser tapped the Toyota.

“Vehicle spun out. Nobody’s come out of the vehicle yet,” an officer said in police radio transmissions.

A tow truck could be seen removing a silver Toyota sedan from the scene.

7News cameras captured a man in a hoodie being placed in handcuffs.

Four men who were inside the vehicle were taken into custody and later placed under arrest.

Miami-Dade Police are handling the investigation. As of Friday afternoon, they have not disclosed the names of those arrested or the charges against them.

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New Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Sites Opening Tuesday in Miami-Dade, Broward

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The state of Florida will be opening two new monoclonal antibody therapy sites in Miami-Dade and Broward starting Tuesday in an effort to combat the the fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID-19.

Sites will open in Broward at Markham Park (16001 W. State Rd. 84 in Sunrise) and in Miami-Dade at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus (11380 NW 27th Ave.). Both sites will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional sites will also be opening in Duval, Palm Beach and Seminole counties.

Earlier in January, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the federal government to distribute more monoclonal antibody treatments while speaking at Broward Health.

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The governor said the Department of Health and Human Services announced that they’d be sending more treatments, adding the department said that supply of the drug is “extremely limited.”

DeSantis said any treatments Florida receives will likely be quickly used and Florida will need more treatments from the federal government, since the state can’t get them directly from pharmaceutical companies.

“The federal government has cornered the entire market,” DeSantis said. “We do not believe that the federal government should be holding back any more medications, we think we have to offer this, particularly for our elderly population.”

Last September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it would determine the weekly amount of monoclonal antibody products each state would receive based on the number of COVID-19 cases in that state and how much the antibodies were being used.  Health departments in each state identify which sites receive the antibodies as well as the amount each site receives. 

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Good Samaritans Help Free Driver After Crash on Turnpike in Miami-Dade

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A group of good Samaritans helped free a driver from a wrecked car after a violent crash on Florida’s Turnpike in Miami-Dade.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike near Southwest 120th Street.

Officials said a gray Honda SUV, white Ford pickup and silver Ford pickup were involved in the crash.

The man who was driving the Honda became trapped inside as a result.

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Cell phone footage showed several people trying to pull open the car door to get the driver out before Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews arrived and were able to get him out.

The man was hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

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COVID-19 update: Pressure eases on Florida hospitals as number of infected patients remains stable

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The number of patients with COVID-19 in Florida hospitals declined over the weekend and has remained relatively stable for the past week, data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows.

Although Florida did not report its weekend numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, data from other agencies continues to show a downward trend in the dramatic omicron surge.

Positivity rates are declining in many Florida counties including Miami-Dade, which dropped below 30% on Sunday for the first time this year, according to CDC data. Broward County’s rate was 30.9 and Palm Beach County’s was 31.3% — both at their lowest levels since Dec. 30.

The number of patients in the hospital with COVID-19 dropped on Sunday to 11,258, nearly 300 fewer than on Friday, HHS data shows. The number of intensive-care beds in Florida occupied by COVID-infected adults was 1,506, also down slightly over the weekend.

New cases and deaths were not reported on Monday. As of Friday, at least 5,041,918 Floridians have been infected by COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and at least 63,090 have died in total.

Meanwhile, the number of vaccine doses being administered in Florida is averaging 66,484 per day over the past seven days. About 64.1% of Floridians are fully vaccinated and 35.2% have received booster shots.

Here are the key statistics in Florida to watch:

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