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Leesburg man damages patrol car after being tased

McKenzie Dalon Miles
McKenzie Dalon Miles

A Leesburg man who was tased while being arrested for driving an unregistered vehicle without a driver’s license is accused of damaging the back of a patrol car while being taken to the police station for booking.

McKenzie Dalon Miles, 40, of 1021 Northern Ave., was also charged with resisting an officer without violence and criminal mischief with property damage of more than $1,000.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Leesburg Police received a call about an older-model Cadillac with a canvas top traveling south on U.S. 441 without a license tag displayed. An officer observed the vehicle still traveling south on U.S. 441 near the intersection of County Road 449 and initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 441 and Bluegill Drive, according to the police report.

The officer spoke with Miles, the only person in the vehicle, who started to tell a lengthy story about why he didn’t have a tag on the vehicle and how a judge told him it was OK for him to drive it. Miles provided the title for the vehicle, which proved he was the owner, the report said.

A check of the car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) showed it does not have a license plate assigned to it, and a further computer check revealed Miles’ license was suspended April 5 and again on April 12 for failure to pay traffic fines. He also has seven prior convictions for driving with a suspended license, according to the report.

After being arrested and placed in handcuffs, Miles continuously tried turning around and shrugging his arms to keep an officer from searching him. He was escorted to the passenger-side rear door of the patrol car, where he again resisted by locking his legs and not bending down to get into the vehicle, the report said.

After several requests to enter the vehicle, Miles was assistant into the back seat, but he immediately threw his legs out and started to stand up and going face-to-face with the officer. Miles was screaming “cardiac arrest” in an effort to incite passing motorists. The officer gave several verbal commands for Miles to stop resisting before using his taser to get him under control, according to the report.

Once inside the vehicle with the doors closed, Miles started to kick the window. He used both feet to knock the window off its track and also bent the exterior door skin and damaged the interior roof where the side curtain airbags are stored, the report said.

After being booked at the police station, Miles was taken to the Lake County Jail, where he was being held Friday on $4,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on May 24.

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