Last week, a rookie police officer and an officer engaged in on-the-job training were driving in a police cruiser down Kendall Drive, getting close to the intersection of Kendall and Southwest 152nd Avenue, when their car was violently rear-ended by an SUV that had unexpectedly come up from behind them. It was close to 2:30 on Thursday morning and the officers were engaged in standard training procedures, with the field training officer accompanying the young officer on one of his first patrols.
According to the report from a detective with the Miami-Dade County Police Department, Zabaleta, the SUV struck the rear of the cruiser with considerable force and then proceeded to drive away from the scene, leaving the badly damaged car and the two injured officers behind him. One of the officers in the vehicle radioed for support and described the vehicle that had left the area. While medical teams rushed to assist the officers, other police began to search for the SUV in question. It was discovered close by, only two or three blocks away, and a traffic stop was initiated.
The officer who pulled the SUV over noticed that the car’s driver was unable to focus their eyes, had what looked like blood on there lips, and smelled strongly of alcohol. The officer asked the driver if they had been drinking and the driver responded in the affirmative but later refused to provide a blood sample. Receipts discovered during a search of the driver’s pant’s pockets revealed that the individual had purchased more than a few drinks from midnight until the time they collided with the police cruiser.
When the individual was arrested, they were identified as the 32-year-old Michael Arana, most well known as the head security for Justin Bieber.
The two officers were both injured as a result of the crash. The field training officer was airlifted from the scene and taken to a hospital, while the other officer was taken in an ambulance. It is believed that both of the officers were released the following day, however the extent of the injuries they suffered in the crash is not clear.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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