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Man who fled from deputies in stolen vehicle arrested on three warrants

A Mount Dora man was arrested this week for several Lake County warrants, including one where he fled from deputies in a stolen vehicle.

Tyler Ray Trapp
Tyler Ray Trapp

Tyler Ray Trapp, 24, was arrested Tuesday in Orange County on three active and confirmed Lake County warrants. One of those warrants involved a case from February in which he was to be charged with flee and elude law enforcement, resisting arrest without violence and driving while license revoked. 

At about 3:26 a.m. on Feb. 29, a deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Orange Street and Sorrento Avenue to assist another deputy with stolen vehicle that had been found, according to an affidavit of probable cause out of Lake County.  

While on the way, the deputy learned the description of the vehicle to be a black BMW sedan. A record check showed that it was stolen out of Orange County. Before this event, he received information from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that the vehicle was stolen by Trapp in the Tangerine area, the affidavit said. 

The deputy arrived at the scene, and the stolen vehicle was traveling east on Sorrento Avenue approaching Hobdy Road. At that time, the deputy watched it turn north on Orange Street in a controlled manner and drive under the speed limit. The vehicle was electronically monitored from that point forward as it began to accelerate over the speed limit, the affidavit said. 

While monitoring the vehicle’s turn-by-turn directions and speed, the deputy observed the car begin to travel at the posted speed limit on Wolf Branch Road. This discovery led to the deputy placing his patrol car behind the vehicle and activating his emergency lights and siren. He then saw the vehicle begin to accelerate again at a high rate of speed, at which point the traffic stop ended, the affidavit said. 

The deputy then began to monitor the turn-by-turn directions and speed of the vehicle electronically. A short time later, he observed the vehicle via electronic tracking to be traveling west on Sorrento Avenue in the area of County Road 437 at a speed of about 68mph. It then rapidly slowed to about 15mph and traveled around Sorrento Avenue and Vine Street, the affidavit said. 

The deputy received information that the vehicle had come to a stop on Church Street just north of Sorrento Avenue. At that point, he approached the vehicle and saw it was unoccupied. He got out of his patrol vehicle to find a woman acting erratic and crying, the affidavit said. 

Upon speaking with the woman, she advised that the driver, who she confirmed to be Trapp, got out of the vehicle and ran westbound. She provided a description of a man with short dark hair, black t-shirt and basketball shorts, the affidavit said. 

While on the perimeter, another deputy spotted Trapp matching that description exit the backyard of a residence on Lawrance Street and run toward Orange Street. The deputy identified himself as law enforcement and asked Trapp to stop, but he began to run in the opposite direction instead. An area search was conducted, but units did not find him, the affidavit said. 

A driving history check revealed Trapp’s license photo and previous bookings from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. One of the deputies positively identified Trapp from these photos. Additionally, his license had been revoked on March 24, 2016, the affidavit said. 

Trapp was ultimately arrested this week, charged for this incident and taken to Lake County Jail on a $4,500 bond. The other two warrants included charges for failure to appear in court. Other charges on these warrants included fleeing or attempting to elude, theft of statutory property motor vehicle, resist law enforcement officer without violence, driving while license suspended or revoked, and unlawful possession of credit cards/debit. 

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