Volusia County (FL) Sheriff Mike Chitwood is thanking two men who he says jumped out of their cars to help a deputy who was being attacked during a traffic stop Tuesday.
According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy was traveling eastbound on Howland Boulevard in Deltona when a black Ford F-150 cut across all lanes of traffic and almost hit the deputy’s cruiser.
The deputy conducted a traffic stop on the truck. Body camera video from the deputy shows the driver, Frank Padilla Velez, got out of his truck and immediately laid down in the road.
Records show the pair struggled and Padilla Velez tried to bite the deputy’s leg. The sheriff’s office told ClickOrlando a Taser had no effect on Padilla Velez.
Body camera video from another deputy picks up the scene as two men try to help the deputy who stopped Padilla Velez. One man can be seen wrangling a dog, which deputies said was in Padilla Velez’s truck, while another helps to subdue Padilla Velez.
“All my respect and gratitude goes out to these two men who took action when they saw a deputy under attack. It makes me proud to know that in Volusia County, our residents still have our deputies’ backs,” Chitwood said in a statement online.