[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 03/11/20]
ALTOONA, Florida — A 19-year-old man who has never had a driver license told a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy his dog ate it, early Tuesday morning after he was pulled over for driving 102 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone.
A deputy spotted a small white car traveling at a high rate of speed on County Road 445 near Pine Needle Place when he activated his radar and clocked the car at 102 miles per hour. The deputy caught up to the car and asked the driver, Claude Alan Wilkinson Jr., for his license, registration and insurance card, according to an arrest affidavit. Wilkinson quickly replied he did not have his license on him and his dog ate it. The deputy asked Wilkinson if he had a valid license and he replied, “yes,” and seemed very nervous. The deputy asked him to exit the car and ran Wilkinson’s name and found he never had a driver license.
Wilkinson consented to a search of his vehicle and deputies found three bags of marijuana and a smoking device with burnt residue. Wilkinson was taken into custody and charged with no driver license, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He was released from the Lake County Jail on $7,000 bond.
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