Man charged in hit-and-run killing slurred words, nod­ded off in video

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Jeff Weiner

Hours af­ter troop­ers say he struck and killed UCF se­nior Lon­don Har­rell in a hit-and-run, Yousuf Hasan slurred words, strug­gled with in­struc­tions and seemed to nod off while tak­ing a DUI test, video re­leased by the Or­ange-Osce­ola State At­tor­ney’s Of­fice shows.

The test found no ev­i­dence of al­co­hol in Hasan’s system and records show ad­di­tional tests found only THC, the in­tox­i­cat­ing chem­i­cal in mar­i­juana, in his blood. Troop­ers have said they suspect he was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs when he struck the 21-year-old about 1 a.m. June 22.

The breath test was con­ducted about five hours later, just af­ter 6 a.m.

Video re­leased to the Or­lando Sen­tinel in re­sponse to a public records re­quest shows Hasan rais­ing and low­er­ing his head while some­one at the Or­ange County Sher­iff’s Of­fice DUI cen­ter ex­plains to him how the test is per­formed and that re­fus­ing it could carry le­gal penal­ties.

He’s then asked if he con­sents to the test.

“What is the test?” he asks, look­ing around the room. “What’s the … what’s the test?”

Asked if he un­der­stood what was read to him, Hasan replies, “No.”

A sec­ond of­fi­cial rereads the in­struc­tions and Hasan gives con­sent.

“But didn’t I just take the test?” he adds.

Later, while the test is be­ing pre­pared, Hasan ap­pears to fall asleep, his head dip­ping down to­ward his lap.

“Hasan … sit up straight, OK?” the op­er­a­tor tells him.

“I’m just tired,” he replies. The test took sev­eral tries, as Hasan strug­gled to main­tain a steady breath strong enough to reg­is­ter. Ul­ti­mately, it pro­duced two sam­ples. Al­co­hol was not de


Friends of Lon­don Har­rell gather for a vigil at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Florida Re­flect­ing Pond.


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