Woman did two hit-and-runs before attacking officer: cops

November 9, 2019 in Florida


A woman is in custody after causing two accidents on the Dolphin Expressway, fleeing and attacking Miami Beach Police officer, multiple media outlets report.

A woman is in custody after causing two accidents on the Dolphin Expressway, fleeing and attacking Miami Beach Police officer, multiple media outlets report.

Miami Herald

A woman is in custody after causing two accidents on the Dolphin Expressway, fleeing and attacking a Miami Beach police officer, Miami Beach police and multiple media outlets report.

Charlotte Rankin-Higgins, 25, was traveling east on the highway near LeJeune Road when she crashed her blue Honda into a white Mercedes around 5 p.m. Friday, according to WPLG 10.

WSVN 7 reported that she fled the scene and continued eastbound until hitting a gray Dodge van. A Miami Beach police lieutenant witnessed this crash and tried to intervene but Rankin-Higgins again attempted to escape.

Rankin-Higgins then attacked the officer, Miami Beach police say. She was eventually detained with the help of some bystanders.

Rankin-Higgins will face several charges from the Florida Highway Patrol and possibly additional ones from the Miami Beach Police Department, WSVN says.

Eastbound traffic was temporarily reduced to one lane pending an investigation but it has since reopened, according to Total Traffic Miami.

There were no injuries, according to WSVN.

C. Isaiah Smalls II is a reporter covering breaking and trending news for the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of their inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of both Columbia University and Morehouse College.





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