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Leesburg man arrested on drug charge when SUV stalls in front of law enforcement officers

Daniel Hernandez III
Daniel Hernandez III

A Leesburg man was arrested on Thanksgiving Day when the sport utility vehicle he was driving stalled in front of law enforcement officers.

Lake County sheriff’s deputies were conducting an investigation in a mobile home park at U.S. Hwy. 27 and Victor Boulevard in Leesburg when they saw the SUV approaching. The SUV stalled and the deputies saw a white man get out of the driver’s side of the SUV and rapidly walk away. The passenger in the SUV moved into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive away from the deputies, but the vehicle stalled again.

The deputies asked the man to get out of the SUV and produce his driver’s license. The man gave his name as Daniel Hernandez III and told the deputies that he does not have a driver’s license. When asked if he had anything illegal, the 25-year-old admitted he had drugs in his pocket. A search produced a small baggie with a white crystal-like substance which field tested as methamphetamine.

Hernandez was placed under arrest and booked at the Lake County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving while license suspended. He was released after posting $4,000 bond.

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