Boynton Beach officers stop to investigate Camaro, witness theft of BMW; pursuit ends in crash

 

Alton Fudge

Boynton Beach police officers pulled into the MLK Quick Stop thinking they’d found a Camaro that had sped from police more than once, and as they stood in the parking lot realizing it was not the car they were looking for, they report that another crime — the theft of a BMW — unfolded.

This one ended when officers pursued and their suspects crashed the white BMW into two other vehicles, sending four people, including a 6-year-old, to the hospital Tuesday night.

No one suffered life-threatening injuries, police report.

Alton Fudge, a 25-year-old Boynton Beach resident, was arrested and faces charges of attempting to flee from police, leaving the scene of a crash involving injuries and grand theft of a car. He remains in jail, held without bond, according to Palm Beach County Jail records.

According to the arrest report, three officers were in the convenience store lot at 130 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. when two men darted out of the store, jumped into the BMW and sped away, scattering groceries and drinks that had been set atop the car’s trunk in their wake.

The BMW belonged to a man who was interested in selling it to Quick Stop owner Clifford Bell. Bell had parked the car in front of the store “and ran inside for just a moment.” But as Bell went in to the store, two men jumped into the BMW, witnesses told police.

The officers in cruisers with lights and sirens followed the fleeing BMW through the streets of Boynton Beach as it made its way northbound on Seacrest Boulevard. The BMW crossed into Lantana, ran the red light at Hypoluxo Road and crashed at the intersection, striking two other cars.

A 57-year-old woman in a Saturn was most severely injured, suffering broken ribs and a possible spinal fracture. The child traveling with her was also hurt. They were taken to Delray Medical Center, according to the arrest report.

Two 22-year-old men were in a Chevy Suburban that was also hit. They went to Bethesda.

Police reported that the man behind the wheel of the BMW then ran from the crash and was tackled near the Super 8 Motel and was subdued with the help of a police dog. They report they identified that man as Alton Fudge.

The passenger in the BMW, whom police identified as Vincent Lavern Smith Jr., age 20, did not run. He was cited for trespassing and resisting an officer without violence and then was released at the scene. Paramedics at the scene tended to Fudge’s wounds he got when the police dog entered the fray, the police report said. The report does not further detail Fudge’s injuries, but he was booked into the jail by 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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