A Florida police officer was left seriously injured on Monday afternoon, after he was hit by a driver he had pulled over for driving erratically on the road.
The video shows Sgt. Kerstan Tatro standing by Amy Lee Giorgio’s driver’s side window and speaking to her when he reportedly noticed the driver trying to put her Lexus into gear.
At this point Tatro is seen reaching into the car’s window, trying to grab Giorgio’s car keys out of the ignition, Gulf Breeze Chief of Police Robert Randle said. However, Giorgio accelerated while Tatro was still partway in her car, carried him a short distance and ran over his foot when he fell from the vehicle’s side. Randle said:
I don’t know the complete extent of his injuries, but his arm was fractured in the window. It was pretty obviously broken.
A driver who saw the incident called 911 and followed Giorgio’s car to the parking lot of the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grande Hotel. The police quickly arrived at the parking lot took Giorgio into custody.
Randle said that his officers found drugs in the suspect’s possession and she seemed to be impaired during her arrest. She has been transferred into the custody of the Gulf Breeze Police Department and will be transported to Santa Rosa County Jail.
Giorgio had already been scheduled for a January 20 trial on charges of possession of cocaine and drug equipment and driving under the influence. She also has numerous previous arrests for drug offenses, according to jail records, and has active warrants in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, Randle said.
1. Officer Tatro is seen reaching into the car’s window, trying to grab Giorgio’s car keys out of the ignition and prevent her from speeding away.
2. Amy Lee Giorgio seriously injured a police officer after she accelerated while he was still partway in her car, carried him a short distance and ran over his foot when he fell from the vehicle’s side.
3. Officers found drugs in the suspect’s possession and she seemed to be impaired during her arrest.
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