Police in St. Cloud, Florida made a potentially fatal mistake when they accidentally ran over a suspect they had ordered to lie on the ground.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, authorities were attempting to catch 37-year-old Ray Prescott, an aggravated battery suspect who had fled the scene.
When police caught up to Prescott, they told him to get on the ground, which he acquiesced to. However, another officer who had been called for backup arrived shortly after, and the front wheel of his vehicle ran over Prescott.
A spokeswoman for the police department commented that, “First aid was immediately rendered by the police officers on scene, and the suspect subsequently was transported to an area hospital.”
She also claimed that Prescott was hit and a “low speed” and “poor visibility” is what led to the accident, which is certainly an understatement.
The incident occurred around 12:15 a.m., so it was understandably dark outside, but this is an egregious mistake by the officers who should have been much more careful.
Police have come under fire for injuring suspects before, but at least in this case Prescott was immediately given help and taken to a hospital.
The spokeswoman stated that a “complete and thorough internal investigation has been initiated" concerning the accident.
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