A man who nearly hit a deputy head-on late Monday afternoon faces a number of charges, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.
Clinton Ross Cahill, 46, Dunnellon, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a drug paraphernalia and fleeing/eluding law enforcement. His bond was set at $5,000.
According to the report, Deputy Kenneth Lakatis was driving south on U.S. 19, having just passed the intersection of Citrus Avenue when he observed a black Jeep Cherokee traveling north in the southbound lane. Deputy Lakatis had to immediately swerve to avoid a head-on collision.
The deputy then turned around and caught up to the vehicle as it approached U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue. The report stated Deputy Lakatis attempted to call out a traffic stop, the Jeep ran through a red light at U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue and continued northbound on U.S. 19.
Deputy Lakatis activated his lights and sirens, however, the Jeep continued to drive down the turn lane, the report stated. As the vehicles approached the Crystal River Mall, the Jeep entered the northbound lane. However, the driver did not yield for the deputy.
According to the report, the Jeep continued northbound, using both the left and right lanes, eventually coming to a stop at U.S. 19 and North Larue Denise Drive.
Cahill, the driver, was ordered out of the vehicle and placed in handcuffs, the report stated. During this time, Deputy Lakatis noticed Cahill had a small amount of blood on his white shirt. There was a loaded syringe on the floorboard of the vehicle. Deputy Lakatis noticed two Xanax pills in the door handle of the vehicle.