Driver injures officer, speeds away, police say
Tyrone Fitz-Dane Lloyd charged with aggravated battery on police officer
WINDERMERE, Fla. – A Windermere police officer was injured early Monday morning when a driver sped away during a traffic stop and led authorities on a 12-mile pursuit, according to investigators.
Officer Robbie Harrison pulled over a silver Pontiac for speeding near the entrance to the Isleworth subdivision on Chase Road around 3:45 a.m. Video captured by the officer's body-mounted camera shows the driver, identified by police as Tyrone Fitz-Dane Lloyd, handing over his license and explaining he was en route to pick up his girlfriend from her job at McDonald's.
Harrison walked back to his patrol car. When he returned to Lloyd's vehicle a few minutes later, Harrison inquired about the strong odor of marijuana he said he smelled.
"Where's the weed at?" Harrison asked the driver.
"What weed? I don't have weed," Lloyd replied.
As Harrison asked the driver to step out of the car, the body camera video shows the driver trying to close his door. Harrison is seen grabbing the driver's arm as the driver turns the steering wheel toward the officer and accelerates.
As the car sped away, it struck Harrison, causing him to spin. The tire then rolled over the officer's foot, according to a report.
Harrison quickly climbed back in his patrol car and began chasing the car, the video shows. Under Windermere Police Department policy, officers are allowed to engage in a vehicle pursuit if a suspect is accused of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.
Lloyd's car raced south on County Road 535 toward the rear entrance of Walt Disney World at speeds reaching 70 mph, according to a report.
As Lloyd's car approached Buena Vista Drive, an Orange County sheriff's deputy deployed a "stop stick," which punctured at least one of the vehicle's tires, according to a report. But the car kept going, turning toward Interstate 4 and zooming past the Disney guest entrance along Hotel Plaza Boulevard, the video shows. The car then got on the eastbound ramp of the interstate, said police.
Shortly before Lloyd's car approached SeaWorld, the vehicle veered into the median of I-4 and came to a stop, according to police. Harrison's body camera shows the officer pulling up behind the car, drawing his gun and ordering the driver on to the ground.
Inside Lloyd's car, police said they found 130 grams of marijuana, along with a loaded Glock 19 semi-automatic handgun.
Police arrested Lloyd on charges of aggravated battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer with violence, felony fleeing a police officer, possession of cannabis, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Harrison was taken to Dr. Phillips Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
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