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Man charged with reckless driving after burning rubber in front of cop

Kenneth Cornelius Willis
Kenneth Cornelius Willis

A Wildwood man with a revoked license was charged with reckless driving after speeding through a Leesburg neighborhood, failing to stop at two different stop signs, and then “peeling out” after he was observed by an officer.

Shortly after noon Thursday, a Leesburg police officer patrolling the area near Tuskegee Street and Harlem Avenue observed an older-model blue Ford Taurus traveling east on Harlem at a high speed. The vehicle then turned onto Nebraska Street and continued speeding before turning onto Georgia Avenue and back onto Harlem after failing to stop at the sign at the intersection, according to the police report.

The vehicle then passed the officer’s patrol car on Harlem Avenue and failed to stop at the stop sign at Tuskegee Street. Upon seeing the police car, the driver accelerated his vehicle, causing the back tires to spin and produce white smoke. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle accelerated again before finally coming to a halt on Tuskegee Street. The driver got out of the vehicle and started to walk away before eventually following multiple clear, verbal commands to stop, the report said.

The driver was identified as Kenneth Cornelius Willis, 35, of 775 Huey St. Apt. A14. A computer search of his driving record showed his license was revoked in November 2008 for DUI, according to the report.

Willis was charged with reckless driving and driving with revoked license. He’s being held in the Lake County Jail on $11,000 bond and has an Oct. 17 date in Lake County Court.

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