ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - State troopers now say a Central Florida anesthesiologist was carrying a vial of horse tranquilizer the day he was arrested.
Graphic video from inside a Florida Highway Patrol cruiser shows Dr. Zachary Bird violently smashing his face against the glass divider in the back seat of the car.
FHP officials said the liquid Bird had in a vial was ketamine, which is used for animal anesthesia. The drug's street name is Special K. Investigators are still waiting for test results on pills they said Bird was also carrying that day.
Police said Bird was driving along State Route 417 in May when investigators said he nearly ran a trooper off the road. Bird was pulled over and failed a field sobriety test, police said.
Bird has since been fired from his anesthesiologist position at the Parrish Medical Center in Titusville.
Video from inside the patrol car shows Bird going berserk after troopers searched his pockets and found $40,000 in cash.
Police then searched Bird in the back of the cruiser, which is when he began banging his head into the plexiglass divider, screaming and kicking, saying, “Take me to the hospital!"
As the smashing continues, blood starts running down Bird’s forehead, into his eyes and mouth.
Troopers, concerned Bird would seriously injure himself, pulled the handcuffed man back out of the cruiser.
“When they got him out of the vehicle, he swallowed, took a deep breath and mouthful of blood, spit blood all over one of my sergeant's faces,” said Kim Montes of the FHP.