Video shows man who hit Orlando officer with stolen car, according to police

Police hoping to identify the man behind driver’s wheel

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police are looking for the man who they say stole a car and rammed into a police cruiser, injuring an officer as he was trying to get out.

Police said the car was stolen along North Westmoreland Drive on Sunday. Officers spotted the car at the Ambassador Motel on Colonial Driver shortly after it was taken, according to a release.

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Police released surveillance video from the hotel, showing the stolen car weaving around one cruiser and hitting the door of a second as it left the motel parking lot.

The officer had just opened the door as the cruiser was hit and investigators said his leg was pinned between the door and the frame.

Police said the officer’s leg was hurt in the collision but did not say how badly.

Investigators recovered the stolen car nearby, but the driver could not be found.

Police urge those who recognize the man in the surveillance video or photos to call Orlando Police or Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.