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4 suspected car burglars stopped in Doral after police chase on Turnpike

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

Several police cruisers could be seen blocking the right northbound lane along the Turnpike, just before the Northwest 74th Street exit in Doral, 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 an area resident.

Ring surveillance video posted to the Neighbors app captured the thieves going into a car and testing doors.

Another Ring video sent to 7News by an area resident showed the men from across the street.

The subjects reportedly broke into and took off in 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, stretching across 24 miles, 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 strategically 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 the silver Toyota from the scene.

7News cameras captured a man in a hoodie being placed in handcuffs and in the back of a patrol car.

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 night, they have not disclosed the names of those arrested or the charges they could be facing.

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Thursday is warming up Orlando, but the heat won’t stay for long

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A warming trend is rising in Central Florida, but another cold front is hot on its heels coming into the weekend.

Temperatures are approaching well above the average for January, with the high forecast for 79 degrees Thursday, the temperature low is predicted at 58, said Maureen McCann, Spectrum News 13 meteorologist.

A southwesterly wind is warming things up ahead of an approaching system thought to be bringing rain and cold temperatures to Central Florida, McCann said.

Thursday is not anticipated to have rain, but rain chances emerge Friday at 20% and Saturday at 40%. Following the rain, temperatures should drop, with Saturday’s high forecast for 65 degrees and the low at 48. That cold trend should remain in the five-day forecast through the rest of the weekend and into the start of the next work week.

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Driver transported after crashing into fence in Hollywood

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HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman has been transported to the hospital after crashing her vehicle into a fence in Hollywood.

7SkyForce hovered over the scene where rescue crews could be seen carrying the woman away from the side of the road on a stretcher.

The crash happened along the eastbound lanes of Pines Boulevard near 68th Avenue, at around 5:45 a.m., Thursday.

The vehicle the woman was driving crashed into a nearby neighbor’s yard. There was apparently another vehicle involved in the crash.

The victim’s condition remains unknown.

7News spoke with the homeowner whose fence was destroyed. He said his son woke him up after hearing a loud crashing sound.

At around 6 a.m., his neighbor then called to see if he knew about the damage to his fence.

He said he was shocked but thankful his house wasn’t hit.

“I think the car that hit my house, she hit that black car then she ran into my fence and my neighbor’s fence and she damaged both of them,” he said. “Luckily nothing [else] happened because the concrete stopped her from going further.”

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Missouri highway patrol blasts out ‘Batman’ cell phone alert by mistake

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(CNN) — The Joker is not on the rampage in Missouri, but it looks like authorities there are ready for the “Batman” villain.

An emergency alert mistakenly sent to mobile devices Tuesday by the Missouri State Highway Patrol asked residents of Gotham City to be on the lookout for a purple/green 1978 Dodge 3700 GT. The sedan, with license plate “UKIDME,” sounds a lot like the cars used by the Joker’s goons in the 1989 Batman movie.

It turns out there is no Gotham City in Missouri, and the message was sent in error during a test — apparently by someone with an impressive knowledge of the vehicles used in the movie that pits characters played by Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

“This was meant to be a test message, THERE WAS NO ALERT,” the law enforcement agency soon posted on social media. Similar errors by other public agencies sometimes have sparked real concern — and also gotten corrected quickly.

Missouri State Highway Patrol had been conducting “a routine test of Missouri’s Blue Alert system” when the message was sent to wireless devices around the state, the agency said in a news release.

“The Patrol regularly tests the Blue Alert system to ensure it works properly when needed. During the test, an option was incorrectly selected, allowing the message to be disseminated to the public,” the release said.

The Blue Alert system is designed to quickly spread information about “violent offenders who have killed, seriously injured, or pose an imminent and credible threat to law enforcement,” according to the highway patrol.

Last year, authorities in Chile mistakenly sent a tsunami evacuation warning following an earthquake. And in 2018, residents and tourists in Hawaii were terrified by a text warning of an incoming ballistic missile that turned out to be a false alarm.

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