A few weeks ago, we reported in an incident that took place along State Road 408, close to Andes Avenue in Orlando. In our initial piece, we recounted how an off-duty police officer with the Orlando Police Department had crashed his pickup truck into a toll booth. The force of the crash caused the truck to light on fire, although it was reported that the damage to the toll plaza itself was minimal and that the entire roadway was able to be opened only a short time later.
The fact of the collision is itself strange, but two other details make this a case of some interest. The first is that, after colliding with the toll booth, the Orlando Police Department officer, subsequently identified as Rolle, exited his vehicle, saw the damage, and ran away. The second is that, after he was apprehended by detectives with his own employer, Rolle was found to be intoxicated.
A new report has been issued that updates the story initially heard regarding Rolle. In it, we discover that Rolle was taken off of the Orlando Police Force after the collision in November. The second is that he has since been arrested and charged with numerous crimes relating to the crash, the biggest of these charges being a DUI.
At the time of this writing, it is not believed that the case involving Rolle has progressed beyond the initial stages, although it is known that the Orlando Police Department has begun an investigation into Rolle and his history on the force. It is also known that his bail was set at $3,500 when he was first apprehended, although it is not clear whether or not that amount was paid and Rolle temporarily released.
Disciplinary measures from the Orlando Police Department are also pending, although it would seem that his removal from the force is the most overt statement regarding the OPD’s position on the case.
Investigators with the Central Florida Expressway Authority arrived at the scene of the crash to examine the toll both. Ultimately, they declared that the booth remained structurally sound after the collision.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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