911 call released after Orlando mayor's son crashes into house
Caller tells police teens were 'probably intoxicated'
ORLANDO, Fla. – Local 6 has obtained the 911 call a witness made moments after Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's son crashed into a house.
In that call, the witness told the dispatcher the 17-year-old begged her to not call police.
Dispatcher: "Did they leave the scene?
Witness: "Well, no. They're actually hovering around my car, begging me not to call the police. But they ran their car into a house and they're young and they're probably intoxicated."
According to the police report, the weather was clear, the road was dry and it was dark but the area is well lighted. Even so, Dyer's son drove through the stop sign and crashed into the house. He was given a careless driving citation, and police closed the case.
The owner of the house struck by the car told police he heard a knock on his door around midnight. After seeing the car in his house, he talked to the young man who said he's taking "full responsibility, it was his fault, he was very sorry, and not to worry about the cost because he would pay for everything," according to the report.
Dyer's son left before officers and the police chief arrived on the scene, but the mayor said they don't want special treatment.
"I assume the chief wanted to make sure everything was dealt with exactly by the book and the way OPD would do it and that's way we wanted it done and that's how it was done," said Mayor Dyer.
Police refused to say if they performed a blood-alcohol or field sobriety test on the teen when his lawyer identified him as the driver hours later. Local 6 legal analyst, Luis Calderone, said officers could have, but were not obligated to.
"Nothing is stopping them from following up," said Calderon. "The question is whether or not they have enough information to go on."
The report stated, "when the Orlando Police arrived both young males took off running in separate directions." Therefore, police never physically observed anything to suspect alcohol.
Calderone said it's unlikely the dispatcher would have told officers on the scene that the caller mentioned intoxication.
"These are observations made by people who aren't trained officers," said Calderone.
Calderone said the mayor's son did everything right; he gave the homeowner his information, and was not legally required to stay at the scene.
Dyer told reporters before that his son said he was not drinking, but the mayor is not commenting any further, neither is his attorney, nor are police.
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