UCF PD: Wrong-way driver may suffer from medical condition
Update: Initial hospital tests show that the man in question was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and may in fact suffer from a medical condition that caused him to drive erratically, said UCF PD public information officer Courtney Gilmartin in an email.
He remains at Winter Park Hospital for the condition, as well as minor cuts he sustained from broken glass during the incident. He is no longer in custody, and the incident remains under investigation, Gilmartin said.
UCF Police arrested a man reported to be driving erratically along University Boulevard Thursday night, said university spokesman Chad Binette in an email
Believed to be intoxicated, the man — who is not a UCF student — was driving on the wrong side of the road and running red lights. Officers first noticed the driver around 11:30 p.m., and switched on their lights and sirens. However, the driver did not pull over. Orange County Sheriff's Office deputies and Winter Park Police were called into assist with the situation, blocking off intersections to keep other drivers safe.
The man was finally apprehended and arrested at Glenwood Drive and St. Andrews Boulevard in Winter Park, Binette said.
A UCF Police officer sustained minor injuries when breaking a window to help the driver out of the vehicle. The driver was taken to the Winter Park Hospital, and no other injuries occurred.