A drug-fueled joyride ended abruptly Monday evening after driver William Jefferey Lopez, 35, crashed his vehicle into the Education Complex at UCF.
While a few bricks were dislodged in the crash, the building did not sustain major damage.
Lopez was arrested and is being held on suspicion of several charges, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a concealed weapon/firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm on school property, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI with property damage or personal injury, no valid driver's license and reckless driving with damage to person/property.
According to the arrest affidavit, an anonymous witness placed a call to UCFPD at 8:24 p.m. indicating that a vehicle had crashed into the Education Complex at 12484 University Blvd. When UCFPD officer Adam Casebolt arrived on the scene, he observed a partially conscious Lopez sitting in the driver's seat of a crashed SUV with Michigan plates. Casebolt indicated that Lopez appeared heavily intoxicated, suffering from tremors, slurred speech and a flushed face.
When Lopez was removed from the vehicle by Fire Rescue, responding officers discovered two syringes, a glass pipe with burn residue and a semi-automatic pistol at the scene. After his arrest, Lopez admitted to officers that he had consumed heroin and alcohol prior to driving.
Lopez is currently being held at the Orange County Jail.
Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter @cameraphotodude or email him at BernardW@centralfloridafuture.com.