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Leesburg woman arrested after refusing to cooperate during traffic stop

Markia Johnson
Markia Johnson

A Leesburg woman was arrested after refusing to cooperate with law enforcement during a traffic stop.

Markia Johnson, 24, at about 11 a.m. Monday was traveling on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Fruitland Park when she was pulled over by a Lake County sheriff’s deputy due to an expired license plate. A check revealed her driver’s license was also suspended.

During the traffic stop, Johnson produced an identification card and said she did not have a license, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. She then began screaming at the deputy and refused to get out of her car. After repeated requests, deputies were able to remove her from the car. She continued to resist the officers once she was out of the car and was placed under arrest.

Johnson began to complain that she did not feel well. The deputy called for EMS personnel who transported Johnson to a nearby hospital. After Johnson was medically cleared, she was taken to the Lake County Jail where she was booked on charges of driving while license suspended and resisting arrest. She has prior convictions for driving while license suspended, elevating this charge to a third-degree felony. She was released after posting $3,000 bond.

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