September 20, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
ORLANDO, Fla. — An 84-year-old man, who suffered a broken neck after a confrontation with an Orlando police officer, was in surgery Monday.
The incident began when a police officer was dispatched to The Caboose bar on North Orange Avenue south of Princeton Street (see map) around 11:00pm Saturday, after reports that Daniel Daley was arguing with a tow truck driver.
Witnesses said the World War II veteran touched Officer Travis Lamonte several times during the argument and, in response, the officer slammed him to the ground.
“All of a sudden, an officer did some kind of a defensive movement, hip-checked him and then pile-drived him to the pavement,” eyewitness Tim Scott told WFTV. “I actually thought he was going to be dead. The way he, you could hear his head hit the pavement from across the street.”