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Speeding Leesburg driver arrested after K-9 alerts on vehicle

Richard Risden Coulter
Richard Risden Coulter

A Leesburg man with multiple felony convictions was arrested early Wednesday morning after he was pulled over for speeding.

A Lake County sheriff’s deputy clocked a white SUV doing 57 miles per hour in a posted 45 mph zone on County Road 473. The deputy stopped the SUV near the intersection of County Road 44 and Emeralda Avenue in Leesburg.

The driver, 52-year-old Richard Risden Coulter, gave the deputy a Florida Department of Corrections identification card instead of a driver’s license. While the deputy was writing a warning ticket, a K-9 officer arrived at the scene. The K-9 dog alerted on the vehicle. The deputies searched the vehicle and located a small amount of a substance which field tested as methamphetamine. Coulter, who was charged with trafficking methamphetamine on Aug. 26, was placed under arrest on a third-degree felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He was booked at the Lake County Jail on $2,000 bond.

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