A driver trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint hit a deputy with his car early Sunday, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
Details about the shooting had not been released by Monday morning, but court records show motorist Donald Geraghty, 51, has served five sentences in Florida prisons. He also has a long history of charges of driving under the influence and attacking law enforcement officers.
Deputies stopped the vehicle on Canoe Creek Road in St. Cloud and and arrested Geragthy the driver with help from a K-9 unit after he tried to flee. He also pulled a knife on a deputy who tried to arrest him, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Known as “Lil Outlaw,” prison records show Geraghty has been imprisoned on convictions for armed robbery with a gun, burglary, stealing a car, escape, fleeing and eluding and battery on a law enforcement officer. A Winter Park resident, he also has been charged with DUI in Osceola and Seminole counties.
Geraghty of Winter Park suffered undisclosed injuries early Sunda when his car crashed and was bitten by a K-9. He was airlifted to ORMC and then transferred to the Osceola County Jail. He’s being held without bail on charges including attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing and eluding.
The deputy who Geraghty is accused of hitting with his car suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The shooting is not being reviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement because no one was injured.
The checkpoint resulted in 94 citations, 62 written warnings and 20 arrests, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Six arrests were for DUI, while the others were for outstanding warrants, drug charges or traffic charges.