Following a pursuit in Leesburg on Monday night, Lake County sheriff’s deputies utilized stop sticks and a K-9 from capturing a career criminal. In Oxford, at 2588 CR 245C, Kevin Allen Bansley, 40, was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest without force, petit theft (two or more convictions), and operating a vehicle while having a license that is suspended or revoked (third or subsequent offense).
Barnsley has a history with the neighborhood police. In The Villages in 2014, he was found guilty of robbing a golf cart, another one around the same time, and a Jeep while on bond. According to jail records, Barnsley was charged in July with failing to appear in Sumter County on a grand theft allegation after spending a month there last year for failing to appear on burglary and theft charges.
A deputy received information just before midnight regarding a car going south on U.S. Highway 27 near Eagles Nest Road in Fruitland Park with a stolen license plate. According to the sheriff’s office report, the vehicle failed to stop. It sped away when the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop close to Highway 27 and Akron Drive intersection.
Although numerous other deputies were in front of the officer and effectively used stop sticks close to Fairfax Street and Maria Avenue in Leesburg, the deputy did not follow the car. The report stated that Barnsley leaped out of the driver’s seat and fled northward into the woods while the other passenger remained in the vehicle and was apprehended.
K-9 Jim was sent out and followed Barnsley as it traveled north, navigating a fence, long grass, and a narrow canal before reaching dry land. The canine discovered Barnsley lurking in some high grass and caught him. When instructed to do so by deputies, the dog released Barnsley. According to the article, Bansley received treatment at Blue Cedar Hospital for dog bites.
Barnsley replied, “I was nervous,” when asked why he ran. The report stated that he admitted to having a flawed license. Barnsley is expected to appear in Lake County Court on October 10 and held in the Lake County Jail on a $20,000 bail.
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