Frank N. Kramer of Davie, Florida was arrested for battery on Tuesday after he allegedly attacked a police officer during a traffic stop along Interstate 595 and had to be restrained by several bystanders. The 37-year-old was charged with driving recklessly in construction and traffic lanes, battery on an officer, and resisting an officer with violence. He was booked at Broward County Jail, where he was denied bail bond in an initial hearing on Wednesday. It is not clear whether Mr. Kramer has retained a private criminal defense attorney.
According to police reports, the incident took place on Interstate 595 near State Road 84 and Flamingo Road at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Kramer was driving a 1989 red GMC truck. According to the arrest report, a Broward sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the area when he observed Kramer driving an estimated 100-110 miles per hour in lanes that were closed for construction on Interstate 595. He then allegedly swerved back into open lanes, forcing several other drivers to move out of the way to avoid colliding with his vehicle.
The officer says in the report that he pulled Kramer over after observing this behavior. Kramer, said the deputy, pulled over to the side of the road, got out of his vehicle and attacked the deputy. The 6’0,” 190 pound man allegedly grabbed the deputy and rolled him onto the ground before the officer was able to get up again and knock Kramer over. Kramer apparently fell into a Mazda that was stopped in traffic, causing slight damage. It is not clear whether the owner of the Mazda plans to seek damages.
Two bystanders and another Broward deputy came to the officer’s aid, and the group was finally able to restrain Kramer for long enough to handcuff him. The officers and bystanders did not sustain any injuries that required medical treatment in the scuffle, but Kramer was taken to Cleveland Clinic for treatment for head wounds. He has since been released.
It is not clear whether alcohol or drugs are suspected to have played factors in the crash. The report also neglects to mention whether Kramer gave any reason for his erratic behavior.
Records indicate that Kramer was arrested on Halloween of last year on similar charges, when he apparently drove the same red GMC truck through two stop signs in front of a police officer, crashed into a palm tree, then scaled a fence in an attempt to escape. That incident allegedly took place at around 10:30 p.m. near Southwest 14th Street and South 160th Avenue in Sunrise. When the officer tried to pull Kramer over, he fled, driving a few blocks before running into a palm tree in the 800 block of New River Drive. He then fled the scene on foot.
Officers said that they caught up with Kramer as he was trying to scale a nearby fence of a home located in toe 800 block of South Wind Circle. Officers tased him several times, but Kramer still managed to get over the fence. He was eventually apprehended by a police dog. Kramer was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement and resisting an officer with violence in that case.