A North Lauderdale resident is currently under arrest facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and hit-and-run, following his involvement in a vehicle collision in Margate and subsequent evasion of law enforcement officers.
On the evening of June 23, the Margate Police Department engaged in a high-speed pursuit of a vehicle connected to a hit-and-run incident at the crossroads of Southwest 64th Terrace and Southwest 7th Street.
As per the Margate Police Department’s records, the chain of tumultuous events was set in motion when the suspected driver, later identified as 45-year-old Ulises Miguel Molina, rear-ended another vehicle, leading to considerable vehicular damage and injuries.
Instead of halting his vehicle, Molina allegedly chose to abscond from the site of the accident, heading west on Southwest 7th Street.
An on-duty officer, who had arrived to assess the accident, promptly communicated a description of Molina’s vehicle via radio to other patrolling officers.
After a short pursuit, the MPD identified Molina driving erratically and weaving across lanes near Kathy Lane.
Despite law enforcement’s attempts to conduct a traffic stop, Molina purportedly did not comply, instigating a higher-speed pursuit involving Margate Police Department units and unmarked vehicles along Rock Island Road heading south.
In consideration of public safety, officers decided to halt the pursuit, permitting only unmarked vehicles to maintain visual contact as Molina continued his attempts to evade capture.
The report indicates that Molina was observed stopping his vehicle at the junction of Southwest 56th Avenue and Southwest 10th Street.
His vehicle was encircled by unmarked police units, as the Margate Police Department strategically positioned their vehicles to prevent Molina’s escape.
When Molina exited his vehicle, the officers commanded him to surrender. However, Molina resisted, necessitating the officers to physically restrain him, resulting in a minor injury to his nose.
Upon his apprehension, it was revealed that Molina does not hold a valid driver’s license in Florida or any other state.
Further interaction with Molina revealed multiple indications of intoxication, including incoherent speech, bloodshot eyes, an alcoholic breath, and unsteady balance.
Molina admitted to the officers that he had consumed alcohol, albeit claiming to have had only two beers. As a result, he was charged with DUI, hit-and-run, and evasion of law enforcement.
Afterwards, Molina was transported to the Northwest Medical Center for medical evaluation and treatment. Upon receiving medical clearance, he was taken into custody and subsequently transported to the Broward County Main Jail.