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Speeding Leesburg driver misspells name while giving false ID to cops

Rudy Escalantes Ortiz
Rudy Escalantes Ortiz

A speeding Leesburg driver provided multiple misspellings of a name while trying to evade arrest by providing police with a false identity.

Rudy Escalantes Ortiz, 36, was driving a gray Town and Country Chrysler minivan at about 3 p.m. Sunday near the Wildwood Community Center when he was caught on radar traveling at 51 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, according to an arrest report from the Wildwood Police Department. A computer check revealed the license plate on the minivan had been assigned to a 2001 Chevy Blazer.

Escalantes Ortiz, who is from Mexico, repeatedly tried to provide the officer with a false identity.  He provided the same name – with multiple variations on the spelling – at least 10 times. He spoke in broken English. A thumb print yielded no results.

A search of the minivan’s vehicle identification number revealed that it was not registered.

Escalantes Ortiz complained of medical issues and was taken to the UF Health-The Villages Hospital freestanding Emergency Room at Brownwood in The Villages.

After he was medically cleared, Escalantes Ortiz was transported to the Sumter County Detention Center where his real identity was revealed.

He was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle without a license, failure to register a motor vehicle and providing false information to a law enforcement officer. He was booked without bond as he was also wanted in Lake County and Orange County.

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