On the afternoon of May 5, 2020, members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s (OCSO) Tactical Anti-Crime (TAC) Unit were conducting proactive patrol in the area of the Quality Inn and Suites located at 626 Lee Road, Orlando, Florida. The TAC decided to patrol this area because it has been previously identified as a high-crime area. Deputies Bryant and Krieger, and Corporal Stephens, were each involved in the arrest.
Deputy Bryant drove by a suspicious vehicle that was backed into a parking spot in the lot of the Quality Inn and Suites. Deputy Bryant was able to see the driver through the windshield, but he was unable to see the driver through the side windows. This led Deputy Bryant to believe that the windows were tinted darker than allowed by Florida law. Deputy Bryant called out his observations over the radio to his colleague, Deputy Krieger who was in a marked vehicle.
Deputy Krieger approached the vehicle in a marked OCSO sports utility vehicle. Deputy Krieger noticed that the window tint on the vehicle appeared to be “extremely dark.” Deputy Krieger parked his vehicle in front of the suspicious vehicle, drew his firearm, and ordered the driver to show his hands. Deputy Krieger was dressed in his OCSO K-9 uniform that contained the word “SHERIFF” in bold white lettering on the front and back.
The driver of the vehicle, later determined to be Isaiah Smalls, drove his vehicle toward Deputy Krieger’s vehicle. Corporal Stephens arrived on scene, in an unmarked vehicle, during the interaction. Smalls reversed his vehicle and struck the building behind him. Corporal Stephens used his vehicle to tactically park Smalls’ vehicle in an effort to prevent Smalls from using the vehicle as either a means of egress or as a weapon. Deputy Bryant drove his unmarked vehicle to the stop.
Smalls exited his vehicle and fled on foot, after being parked by Corporal Stephens. All three deputies pursued Smalls and detained him after a short foot pursuit.
Deputy Bryant and Corporal Stephens returned to were able to see multiple plastic bags containing a white powdery substance in plain view inside of Smalls’ vehicle. The deputies were able to see these items because the front passenger window of Smalls’ vehicle was down. Smalls’ vehicle was subsequently searched. Deputies recovered over 100 grams of cocaine, over 45 grams of fentanyl, and more than $18,000 cash.
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