By Ryan Yousefi
A man was charged with fleeing and eluding police after leaving the scene of a car gathering at such a high rate of speed officers were forced to refrain from continuing the chase due to public safety concerns.
On March 31, the Coral Springs Police Department responded to an area near the 4000 block of Northwest 126th Avenue to a report of a “Car Meet” where several vehicles were recklessly engaging in drifting and racing.
According to the arrest report, officers observed several vehicles speeding and conducting unsafe maneuvers that produced heavy smoke clouds and smells of burning rubber while pedestrians videotaped them with their phones.
As officers moved into the scene, approximately 20 vehicles began to drive at high rates of speed in an attempt to disperse from the scene.
The report says that an attempted traffic stop was made on the driver of one vehicle, later identified as Abdullah Saddi, 21, of Margate, but he refused to comply and accelerated rapidly to flee the scene.
The officer states in the report due to the speed of the chase and the safety concerns associated with such a pursuit, he terminated the traffic stop.
After a brief search of the area, Saadi was later stopped by other officers at the intersection of Northwest 120th Avenue and West Sample Road. According to the report, Saadi admitted that he was scared and panicked when he saw the police lights and that he was running away from getting stopped.
Saadi was transported to the Coral Springs Police Department for processing and booking and then to the Broward County Main Jail. He was later released after posting a $100 bond.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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