- The Washington Times - Friday, January 31, 2003

MIAMI, Jan. 31 (UPI) — A slow-speed police chase of a hijacked Postal Service van ended at a northwestern Miami-Dade County intersection with a gunman and female postal worker inside the van surrounded by dozens of police.

Miami's WPLG-TV quoted police reporting one shot had been fired from the van during the chase, which began around 11:30 a.m. and took a roughly circular pattern in northwestern Miami-Dade and southern Broward Counties.

Police and witnesses said there appeared to be two people in the truck — a man who commandeered the vehicle, and the female postal employee who was driving.

Channel 10 News reporter Connie Hicks saw the truck drive past her several times. She said she saw one man in the truck and the female postal employee at the wheel.

"She looks terrified and has her hands clenched on the steering wheel," Hicks said.

The van stopped and started again numerous times during the chase. WPLG reported it stopped and was surrounded in the intersection at 183rd Street and 27th Ave. after a tire blew out.

Several schools in northwest Miami-Dade County were locked down during the chase.

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