Boater flips off Winter Park police, shocked with Taser, then arrested

WINTER PARK, Fla. — A day on the Lake Maitland almost turned dangerous for other boaters.

Kenneth Carl Wright is accused of driving his boat aggressively Sunday and nearly hitting three others in a boat, Winter Park police said. The witnesses said Wright made several turns toward another boat at a high rate of speed and the witnesses were nearly hit by Wright.

Officers with the Winter Park Police Department were called, and they tried several times to stop Wright.  Officer Galloway said, he tried telling Wright three times to stop. On the first two occasions, Galloway said Wright flipped him off. Galloway then requested assistance from the Maitland Police Department officers who were on boat patrol. On the third attempt to stop Wright, he waved at the officer and drove off, officers said.

Maitland police officers tried stopping Wright, but he sped past them, they said. Wright eventually stopped at a dock and ran off toward a pool, children and other people, police said. A Winter Park police officer said he yelled several times for Wright to stop or he would be shocked with a Taser. When Wright wouldn’t stop, he was zapped with the Taser, police said.

Wright has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, fleeing or eluding police, resisting officers and reckless operation of a vessel.