Daytona Beach Shores, FL – Dashcam footage captured the moment when a suspect apologized to a Daytona Beach Shores police officer, then nearly ran him over while fleeing the scene of a traffic stop (video below).
The incident began just after 7:10 a.m. on Wednesday, when the officer stopped 28-year-old William Patterson for a seatbelt violation, the Daytona Beach Police Shores Department (DBSPD) said in the video release.
During the course of the investigation, the officer learned that Patterson had a suspended driver’s license, so he asked him to get out of the vehicle.
Bodycam footage showed the officer speaking with Patterson through the passenger side window of the suspect vehicle.
“Relax. I’m going to see what I can do for you,” the officer said.
“Okay,” Patterson said calmly.
“Okay. Come on back,” the officer told him.
But instead of getting out of his pickup, Patterson suddenly glanced over his shoulder, and slammed his vehicle into reverse, bodycam footage showed.
“Sorry man,” he told the officer, as he stomped on the accelerator, screeching his tires.
The officer grabbed his Taser and backed away from the reversing pickup, but not before being struck by the passenger side mirror.
He was not seriously injured.
The officer deployed his Taser, but only hit Patterson in the neck with one of the probes, police said.
The suspect’s vehicle also appeared to have collided with the patrol SUV before Patterson threw the pickup into drive and flew out of the parking lot, bodycam footage showed.
“He tried to run me over!” the officer said over the radio, as he jumped into his patrol vehicle and began pursuing the suspect. “The Taser was deployed as well, but I missed.”
“He’s reaching hard,” the officer warned at one point during the ensuing chase.
Patterson ultimately stopped his vehicle in front of the Longstreet Elementary School, WESH reported.
The school zone was not busy at the time.
Patterson subsequently followed the officer’s commands to exit the vehicle with his hands raised, and was taken into custody, the video showed.
“That was the stupidest [expletive] thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he told the officers as he was being handcuffed.
Patterson was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail on charges of aggravated fleeing, aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, and other offenses, police said.
You can watch bodycam footage of the officer’s encounter with Patterson in the video below: