Published: August 2, 2006 at 7:54 AM
Let's update this, shall we?
Orange County authorities early today arrested a man suspected of driving the passenger car that ignored a deputy sheriff's order to pull over and instead struck the motorcycle officer near Universal Orlando.
A manhunt for Allan Barahona, 19, was launched after Deputy Michael A. Callin, 26, was run down by a speeder near at an Interstate 4 ramp near Universal Studios on Tuesday. The search sent bloodhounds into the tourist-packed theme park and snarled traffic on I-4 well into the evening.
Callin remained in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center after surgeries that included the amputation of a portion of his right leg.
Barahona was captured about 12:20 this morning near Cortez Drive and Balboa Drive in the Pine Hills area west of Orlando.
Witnesses said Barahona was the driver of the white Honda that crashed into Callin. Barahona was set to go to trial Aug. 10 on a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to Orange County Circuit Court records. Further information on the charge was not available.
Barahona has six prior arrests but no convictions.
Through the night, about 100 people -- mostly officers from Callin's agency, friends and family members -- kept vigil at the hospital, authorities said.
Officials said Callin, a deputy since 2002, was looking for speeders on the long on-ramp leading to I-4 from Kirkman Road near Universal about 3 p.m. when he spotted the speeding white Honda Civic and stepped toward the road to try to get the car to stop. The driver struck Callin and kept going.
Roads surrounding Universal were shut down while officers searched for the driver, who left the car and leapt over a chain-link fence.
Parts of Universal Boulevard and Turkey Lake Road were closed. Deputies dispatched a bloodhound, which followed a scent trail through Universal CityWalk.
Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary called the incident part of the senseless violence the Orlando area has seen recently. There have been two slayings in Orange County since Sunday.
"It isn't getting any prettier out there," Beary said. "We are absolutely a growing, metropolitan area with growing pains. And there are people out there with a violent attitude."
The white 1996 Honda traveled about a quarter-mile after striking Callin and crashed into a chain-link fence along the west side of the interstate. Callin's femoral artery was damaged, and he lost a large amount of blood, officials said.
There were three passengers in the Honda, and a passing Chicago police narcotics officer detained one of the them as he was getting out of the car to take a look at the scene.
The two remaining passengers were caught soon afterward, and all were questioned at Orlando police headquarters late Tuesday and determined not to be suspects in the case, said police Sgt. James McDonald.
Deputies were concerned that the suspect who ran may have entered Universal CityWalk, and law-enforcement officials beefed up their presence at Universal Orlando, paying special attention to the pickup and drop-off areas near the parking garages.
I-4 exits at Universal Boulevard and Kirkman Road were blocked, as were portions of Turkey Lake Road in the Dr. Phillips neighborhood.
Orlando homicide detectives -- rather than traffic-crash investigators -- were investigating the case, although officials would not say whether the deputy was struck intentionally or how fast the car was traveling.
Callin is one of a 32-member "elite" motorcycle unit that conducts traffic operations and patrols in high-crime areas, Beary said.
And with heavy traffic on the roads of Orange County daily, he said, motorcycle officers are particularly at risk.
Callin knows those risks well.
His father David is a veteran sheriff's detective, and his younger sister is in the police academy.
"Mike is following in his dad's footsteps," said Beary, his voice choking with emotion.
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No one was shot. There was only one who fled and he was a repeat offender. Just another issue of news trying to tie something to theme parks, as if they dont have enough to worry about.