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Broken taillights lead to habitual suspended driver’s arrest at McDonald’s

Jarrett Benjamin Carter
Jarrett Benjamin Carter

A 31-year-old St. Petersburg man who continues to drive despite having a suspended license was charged as a habitual offender during a traffic stop Thursday night at McDonald’s in Eustis.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., Eustis police officers observed a white 2004 Chevy truck traveling south on Bay Street with inoperable taillights. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver – Jarrett Benjamin Carter – pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant, located at 2800 S. Bay St., according to the police report.

Carter did not have any identification and was identified by dispatch using his name and date of birth. The officers were informed Carter did not have a valid license and was labeled a habitual offender. Carter’s driving record shows three suspensions plus his habitual offender designation. Carter’s female passenger also didn’t have a valid license, the report said.

Carter was placed under arrest and taken to the Lake County Jail, where he was released early Friday on $2,000 bond. He’s due to appear in Lake County Court on Nov. 7.

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