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Orlando officer who fled Seminole County traffic stop in cruiser approved for pretrial diversion

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orlando police officer appeared in court Tuesday for the first time since he was speeding away from a Seminole County deputy during a traffic stop.

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Bodycam video from the traffic stop in June went viral, as the officer could be seen taking off in his OPD cruiser.

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Instead of being arraigned this afternoon there was a deal made by prosecutors. Officer Alex Shaouni could have all of the serious charges dropped if he completes a pretrial diversion program.

Shouni is charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer, resisting an officer and two misdemeanor charges of unlawful speed and reckless driving from the traffic stop in Oviedo on June 6.

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A Seminole County deputy tried several times to catch up to Shaouni and pull him over in an Orlando police cruiser. When he finally did get him to stop, Shaouni became irate when questioned. It was all caught on the deputy’s bodycam.

Shaouni not only refused to show the deputy his license, but then got back into his cruiser and took off.

He remains off the job pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation into his actions.

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Jeff Levkulich

Jeff Levkulich, WFTV.com

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.