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.
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.
TAKE A LOOK: Investigators want to ID the driver of a stolen car. He hit a police cruiser as the officer opened the door, pinning the officer between the door & door frame. The officer sustained an injury to his leg. Call OPD 321-235-5300 or @CrimelineFL 800-423-TIPS(8477). pic.twitter.com/Yz93IVlL26— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 13, 2021
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.