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Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Almost Run Over by Erratic Driver (Video)

Update: Adderley has been charged with aggravated assault on an officer, resisting an officer, and reckless driving

Fort Lauderdale Police were forced to shoot out the tire of a man driving erratically in public at the Los Olas Riverfront in downtown Fort Lauderdale over the weekend. The incident was caught on video and posted on Facebook by user Maged Cyn Mofid and shows a dark-colored Volkswagon driving in circles recklessly near a barricaded area where pedestrians were gathered. 

The video shows a Fort Lauderdale officer drawing his weapon and almost being run over a couple of times.

When the car slows down, the officer tries to approach, yelling at the man to stop. But the car continues to roll and idles up onto the sidewalk near pedestrian at the outdoor area of a restaurant.

At that point, the officer shoots out one of the tires. The driver then jumps out the car and eludes the officer, who tries to tackle the suspect.

The man runs down the street as squad cars approach. As officers give chase, the man stumbles and falls. Police then pounce and arrest the man.

Fort Lauderdale Police say they're not releasing any arrest reports or information at this time since the incident is considered to be under an internal investigation.

However, they did say the suspect is a 36-year-old man named Sheldon Alexander Adderley.

No reason has been given as to why he was driving erratically, nor have there been any reported injuries. The video is titled "Flakka incident," but there is no proof or confirmation that flakka was involved.  
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Chris Joseph
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