Man accused of running over OPD officer sentenced to 18 years in prison

A man accused of seriously injuring an officer with the Orlando Police Department during a traffic stop in 2015 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, to be followed by 12 years of probation, the agency said on Thursday.

Edward Kelty was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm to a law enforcement officer after he rammed Officer Will Anderson with a car while fleeing the scene of the traffic stop. The incident happened in the tourist district on the evening of July 13.  Kelty, now 20, was 17 years old at the time. 

The traffic stop was caught on the officer's dashboard camera, which was eventually released by the Orlando Police Department. The dramatic video showed Anderson getting out of his patrol car and approaching the driver's side window of the vehicle. As the officer moved around to the front of the car, Kelty hit the gas pedal, striking Anderson and knocking him to the ground.
Kelty denied being the driver of the car but later pleaded no contest.  A passenger in the car, Angel Nieves, was sentenced to five years in prison last fall. 

Officer Anderson suffered severe injuries and spent the better part of a year in and out of the hospital.  His injuries eventually forced him into retirement.