A man who crashed his car into a police cruiser while it was off-duty and distracted by a cellphone is being held without bail in a Florida hospital, according to a police report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
Police in Orlando on Friday charged 29-year-old Brandon Lattimer with DUI manslaughter, driving under the influence and fleeing from a police officer.
A video posted to YouTube by Orlando police shows Lattimers driver and passenger walking away from the cruiser before he crashed into the cruiser, with Lattimo being caught in the collision.
Lattimes car then rammed into a squad car and crashed into a house, a police department official told the Orlando Sun.
LATTIMERS FAMILY IN LAWSUIT SAY HE’S ‘NOT A MURDERER’ The family of Brandon Lattoimer released a statement late Friday that says his actions were not “murder or attempted murder.”
It also said Lattoimers actions are not the result of mental illness and does not reflect on the actions of his family.
The statement read in part, “It is with great sadness that we are writing to let you know that Brandon Lattaimer has not been a murder or attempted murderer.
A police official said in a statement that Lattimaes parents, brother and sister are attending the hospital and have requested that they remain anonymous. “
We appreciate your continued support during this time and thank you for understanding and understanding.”
A police official said in a statement that Lattimaes parents, brother and sister are attending the hospital and have requested that they remain anonymous.
They say they are also seeking the release of Lattiniemers younger brother, who was arrested in the crash.
The officer who was killed in the incident has been identified as Officer Eric A. Brown, who is stationed at the Orlando Police Department.
Latto’s family has said he was working as a security guard at the time of the crash, but the officer’s identity was not released Friday.
A criminal complaint against Lattime was filed in U.S. District Court in Florida.
It says the driver was trying to turn around in the area of East 17th Street and East Lake Boulevard and the passenger was attempting to turn back.
A law enforcement official told ABC News that the car was traveling southbound on Lake Boulevard when the collision occurred.
Police say the crash happened after the car swerved to the left and hit a car in the parking lot of a convenience store, according the police report.
It’s unclear how long the incident was ongoing.
Police were called to the scene by the owner of a grocery store near the scene of the collision and were able to get a driver license plate number for Lattieman, according Orlando Police Chief David Hoke.
The department says it was not immediately clear if Lattiman had an attorney.
Lattaes parents and brother were on vacation when the crash occurred.
The family said Lattemas mother had contacted the Orlando police and requested that she be released.
The officers department released a news release Friday that said the family would be releasing a statement Friday afternoon.
The incident comes at a time when many people are dealing with mental illness.
Earlier this month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness released a report showing that of the nearly 10 million Americans who have been diagnosed with mental health conditions in the past three years, nearly 7 million were black or Latino.
The group said the figures showed “a disproportionate burden on minority communities” and “deep racial disparities in mental health care.”