Police in Winter Park faced a bewildering scenario after receiving a call indicating that a collision had taken place between a truck and a private residence. According to the official report from the Winter Park Police Department, the ordeal began after a man behind the wheel of a large truck (the report did not say if it was a pickup truck or some other, larger, vehicle) drove off of the road and directly into the side of someone’s home. Someone, perhaps the homeowner, then called the police.
When the authorities arrived, they found the scene as described. Furthermore, they found that the driver of the truck was now standing beside the vehicle. Police told reporters that the man was standing in an aggressive manner, perhaps preparing himself to engage in a fight with the law enforcement officers. When the officers ordered the man onto the ground he declined to obey. Instead, he shouted at them that he was an FBI agent. The man, later identified as a 32-year-old individual from the area, then threatened to kill one of the responding police officers.
The report did not make it clear if the individual was armed or if he was merely brandishing his fists as a warning to the responding officers, but the seemingly inevitable altercation between the police and the man with the truck ended differently than the man had imagined after he became caught up in a stick, his own feet, or perhaps a bump in the lawn and fell over.
While he struggled to regain his position of authority, the police were able to reach him and subdue him.
It should come as no surprise that the man was, in fact, not an FBI agent. He later told officers that he had collided with the home on purpose. When asked for the reason, the man told the Winter Park Police that he had collided with the home because a registered sex offender was living at that address. Despite that dubious efficacy of such a maneuver in combating the potential relapse of an already convicted offender, a quick search through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement databases proved that there was no such individual located at the home in question.
The man now faces numerous charges, including property damage and battery on a law enforcement officer.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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