An Ocoee man insisted on waiting for a cab at a property from which he'd recently been trespassed, and a driver in possession of drugs fled from a Windermere police officer.
March 26, 503 block of Varsity Street: Around 8 p.m., an officer parked in the New Story Market lot observed a black Ford Expedition being driven by a Hispanic male fail to stop at a stop sign located at the intersection of West Story Road and South Park Avenue. The vehicle turned northbound on South Park Avenue and the officer pulled out and turned on the patrol car’s emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. But the Expedition quickly turned left and pulled over into a residential driveway and the officer saw both occupants exchange seats. Upon questioning, the Hispanic male denied being in the driver’s seat. Dispatch confirmed he had a suspended driver’s license and he was arrested.
March 26, 10500 block of W. Colonial Drive: Around 1:30 a.m., an officer was called to a Walmart store in reference to a report about a man who tried stealing a T.V. and tea bottles. The man reportedly attempted to walk out of the store after placing the items in his shopping cart. A Walmart employee did not want to press charges against the individual but did state they wanted him trespassed from the property. The officer issued a trespass warning and advised the man to leave the property before the officer was forced to issue a trespass after warning, but the man refused to leave after being given three chances because he insisted on waiting for a cab at the Walmart. The man was placed under arrest.
March 20, East Sixth Avenue: Around 3 a.m., an officer conducting speed enforcement on Conroy Windermere Road witnessed a vehicle traveling westbound on Conroy Windermere Road speeding at 54 mph. After pulling over the car, the officer recognized the odor of marijuana emanating from the car’s interior upon approaching the open driver’s window. The driver stated he did not have his license on him because it was suspended. A search in the police database system confirmed the driver’s license had expired July 2014. The officer told the driver he could smell cannabis, and the driver informed the officer there was cannabis in the center console and retrieved it, which was inside two clear plastic wrappers within a Sprite can. The driver was placed under arrest.
March 22, Chase Road: Around 12:40 a.m., a law enforcement officer observed a red car driving suspiciously, drifting back and forth between the fog line and double yellow line from Conroy Windermere Road and Jennifer Lane to Sixth Avenue and Main Street. Based on this driving pattern, the officer conducted a traffic stop on Chase Road, believing the driver might be impaired. Upon making contact with the driver, the officer discovered the driver did not have his license on him because it was suspended due to unpaid fines and that the driver possessed a “roach” – a slang term for a hand-rolled cigarette filled with burnt cannabis. The officer placed the evidence atop the driver’s vehicle, but as soon as the officer turned toward his police car, the driver sped off. A BOLO was placed for the vehicle and the driver who had two prior convictions for driving with a suspended license and was charged with fleeing and eluding.
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