A 20-year-old man has been charged with trying to run down a Lake County sheriff’s deputy near Water Oak on US Highway 27/441 in Lady Lake.
Jeffrey Elijah Gilbert of Orlando was arrested Thursday at the Lake County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, among other things. He was held without a bond.
Gilbert was driving a white Dodge Charger on U.S. Highway 27/441 near the Lady Lake 55+ community on Monday when he was pulled down by a deputy who was investigating a shoplifting incident at Walmart in Leesburg.
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During the traffic stop, the deputy was near the passenger side of the vehicle when the driver attempted to move away. According to an affidavit of probable cause from the sheriff’s office, the deputy was in “well-founded fear of being struck by the car, leading him to discharge his handgun into the vehicle in an effort to prevent the continuation of a forceful offense upon him.”
The group, which comprised 20-year-old Calvin Anthony Williams and 20-year-old Pierre Dhaiti, managed to escape in the vehicle but later abandoned it in the Country Life Mobile Home Park in Leesburg. They ran to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 27820 US Highway 27 in Leesburg on foot.
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People who work at Dunkin’ Donuts said that the men had been “lounging” near the bathroom. All three were found in the bathroom and put into custody. A glass jar and zip lock bags containing marijuana were also discovered in the bathroom. Scales were also discovered, indicating that the individuals were drug dealers.
On charges of drug selling, fraud, and theft, Haiti was being held at the jail on a $9,000 bond. Williams was being held without bond on various theft and fraud charges as well as an Orange County warrant charging him with violating his probation on robbery and fraud crimes.
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