Sunday 9 July 2023

Police Officer Who Led Deputy On High Speed Chase Charged With Felony

 An Orlando Police Department officer who was relieved of his duties last month after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop is now under criminal investigation over the incident.

Orlando police officer Alexander Shaouni was driving his police cruiser 80 mph in a 45 mph zone without his sirens on when a Seminole County sheriff’s deputy decided to pull him over.

“What?” a combative officer Shaouni is seen on body camera asking the sheriff’s deputy who pulled him over. “I am going into work, my man. Why are you trying to pull me over as I’m going into work?”

“Because you’re going 80 in a 45,” the sheriff’s deputy fired back.

“What does it look like I am dressed for?” Shaouni continued. “What does it look like I am dressed for?”

The sheriff’s deputy said that he needed to see Shaouni’s driver’s license, at which point Shaouni said no, turned his back on the sheriff’s deputy, got back in his police cruiser, and drove off.


The Orlando Police Department said that Shaouni is now under criminal investigation over the matter.

“Officer Shaouni has been relieved of duty pending the Seminole County Sheriff’s criminal investigation and OPD’s Internal Affairs investigation,” the Orlando Police Department said in a statement. “Any further information on the criminal investigation will have to be obtained from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.”

The 18th Circuit State Attorney’s Office announced this week that it had charged Shaouni with “a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer without violence,” according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Shaouni, who has pleaded not guilty, was released from custody on a $9,000 bond.


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