FHP releases dash camera footage of chase after driver intentionally rams trooper's patrol car

Posted at 2:18 PM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 04:12:41-04

Florida Highway Patrol has released dash camera footage of a trooper apprehending a suspect after he intentionally struck her patrol car with his vehicle in Miami-Dade County, then led her on a high-speed chase through bumper-to-bumper traffic on Florida's Turnpike.

On April 24, Trooper Vanessa Franceschi was conducting a traffic stop when the unidentified suspect drove his Honda Civic into the rear of her patrol car.

Franceschi pursued the Honda as the driver sped down the emergency lane and the shoulder of the highway, past thick traffic.

The trooper was able to conduct a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), pushing the Honda into a wall and making it impossible for the suspect to escape.

Franceschi sustained minor injuries following the crash. No other motorists were harmed.

The suspect was charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding and leaving the scene of a crash with injuries.