Friday, April 6, 2018
Scott Andrew Ecklund crashes car into empty house because he thinks a registered citizen lives there
Man who crashed into Winter Park house threatened to shoot officer, report says
By: Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
April 3, 2018
man who crashed a truck into a Winter Park house late Sunday claimed to be an FBI agent and threatened to shoot an officer with a high-powered rifle, according to a police report.
Police were called to the house on Aloma Avenue about 9 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report that a black truck had crashed into it.
They arrived to find the driver, Scott Andrew Ecklund, 32, standing outside the vehicle “taking a fighting stance,” according to the report. Officers ordered him to get on the ground, but he refused, the report said.
Officer Joshua Larson wrote in his report that Ecklund “stated multiple times that he was going to kill me and that he had an AR that he would shoot me with,” apparently referring to a military-style rifle.
The standoff ended when Ecklund tripped while walking backward and fell down, the report said. He kicked and punched the officers as they put him in handcuffs, spitting in Larson’s face, the officer wrote.
“I’m going to [expletive] kill you,” Ecklund said, according to the report.
While officers waited for the fire department to arrive to check Ecklund for injuries, he explained that he had crashed into the house because a sex offender lived there, the report said.
He said he was an FBI agent and “was working,” the report said.
A Florida Department of Law Enforcement database doesn’t show any sex offenders living at the house Ecklund was accused of striking. No occupation was listed for him in the arrest report.
The crash caused an estimated $7,500 in damage to the front of the house, the report said. Police contacted its owner, who opted to press charges for criminal mischief. The house was unoccupied at the time.
Ecklund also faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence and threats to harm or kill and officer, records show. He remains in the Orange County Jail.
Records show he served a brief term in state prison for battery on an officer, stemming from a 2010 case. At least 24 traffic infractions have been filed against him in Orange County since 2002.
Mark Longwell, an Orlando attorney who has represented Ecklund in the past, said he hadn’t been retained to represent him in his latest arrest and couldn’t comment specifically on the new allegations.
“As a society, we don’t always know how to deal with mental health issues and our healthcare system and our criminal justice system are really not well-equipped at handling those issues,” he added.