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Deputies attempt to taser fleeing suspect during foot chase in Leesburg

Terry Bernard Peeples
Terry Bernard Peeples

Lake County sheriff’s deputies attempted to taser a fleeing suspect during a foot chase in Leesburg.

Terry Bernard Peeples, 51, of Belleview, was being held on $73,000 bond following his arrest Thursday night in the vicinity of the 2300 block of Harlem Avenue, according to an arrest report.

Peeples had been driving his daughter’s vehicle at about 10 p.m. when a deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over due to the dark tint of the windows. At first Peeples attempted to elude the deputy, but he pulled over and ran from the vehicle, later admitting that he did so because he had “narcotics located inside the vehicle.” He had 16 grams of methamphetamine, 20 grams of cocaine and he also had marijuana, the report said.

Peeples fled on foot in the direction of a woodline and Harlem Avenue and Mispah Avenue.  Two deputies deployed their tasers, but it had a “negative effect.” Peeples pushed one of the deputies, knocking him to the ground. They eventually captured him and took him into custody.

Peeples was evaluated at the scene by Lake EMS and medically cleared. He is facing multiple drug charges as well as charges of resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Peeples’ daughter said she had not given her father permission to drive the vehicle. She reclaimed her vehicle.

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