Woman ‘deliberately’ lights herself on fire, crashes into Broward Sheriff’s office with car full of accelerants


As if the Broward County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t already have its hands full with one controversy, a woman reportedly lit herself on fire and drove a car full of accelerants into a Broward Sheriff’s Office substation in Pembroke Park.

CBS Miami reported that the incident appeared to be “a deliberate act.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has been under intense scrutiny for its reaction to the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting last month that claimed 17 lives, including 15 students.

The first law enforcement officer on the scene, a Broward deputy, did not try to stop the gunman as he fired on students.

Monday’s incident does not appear to be related in any manner.

“At 11:26 a.m. March 19, a Toyota Camry crashed into the community service room at BSO’s South Broward office, 3201 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Pembroke Park,” said the agency in a statement. “Following impact, a fire erupted from the car.”

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Ben Mendez was painting outside the Broward Sheriff’s Office substation and helped the woman out of the vehicle.

“She was on fire already, so I’m assuming she lit herself on fire,” Mendez told the ABC affiliate WPLG.

Mendez described the incident as traumatizing and said the woman was “just babbling, wasn’t talking proper.”

“When I see people in need, I try to help,” he said, as he teared up. “She was on fire. That kind of traumatized me, the poor lady.”

BSO spokeswoman Joy Oglesby told WPLG it was “quite troubling” that the woman intentionally crashed into the building.

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The woman suffered third degree burns and was taken to Miami Regional Hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation.


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