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Boy jumps from moving truck to avoid riding with father

Freddie Teate
Freddie Teate

Leesburg police officers responded Saturday night to the area near Ellen’s Cafe on Third Street when they received a report that a 12-year-old boy jumped out of a moving pickup truck.

The boy told police that his father had been drinking all day. The boy argued with his father when he was told to get in the truck. The son told his father that he should not be driving. The boy got into the truck and continued to argue with his father about the way he was driving. Fearful for his safety, he jumped out of the moving truck.

Officers found the truck, which was being driven erratically, according to an arrest report from the Leesburg Police Department.

During a traffic stop, the driver was identified as 49-year-old Freddie Teate of Leesburg. He had a “strong odor of alcohol” on his breath and there were several empty beer cans in the truck. Teate, who had been driving barefoot, tried to put on his shoes prior to exiting the vehicle and he was unsteady on his feet. He refused to participate in field sobriety tests. He also refused to submit to a breath test.

The Trenton, N.J. native has two previous convictions for driving under the influence, one in 1997 and the other in 2007. He was arrested on charges of DUI and refusing to provide a breathalyzer sample.

He was booked at the Lake County Jail on $6,000 bond.

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