Citrus County deputies arrested a 40-year-old Inverness man Monday following a police pursuit.

Robert Franklyn Hart, of 8305 East Turner Camp Road, was charged with several offenses and booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility.

Around 4:10 p.m. Monday, a deputy was running a tag check on a black Honda Accord in the area of East Turner Camp Road and North Jackadee Point when the driver braked abruptly and turned on Point Lonesome Road.

When the deputy followed, the driver sped up, kicking up dust and smoke, a sheriff’s report said. The deputy followed and the driver was doing about 55 mph in a 25-mph zone. He attempted a traffic stop but the driver continued and turned into a wooded lot, the report said.

The deputy continued to pursue the driver until the vehicle lost speed and smoke started coming out of the engine. The lower-speed chase wound through various roads until the car turned into a residence off East Berry Street, the report said.

Hart got out of the car and fled on foot. The deputy followed, deploying a K-9 Odie to apprehend him. Hart jumped two fences and another deputy ordered the man to stay on the ground. After being subdued, the man was taken into custody, the report said.

A search of the vehicle found a pistol and digital scale, which later tested positive for methamphetamine residue.

Deputies found Hart’s license had been suspended indefinitely in 2017 with three prior convictions for driving while having a suspended license. The car also had an unregistered tag that expired in 2018.

Hart was charged with the following: driving with a suspended or revoked license; resisting a law enforcement officer without violence; a tag attached to the vehicle not assigned to it; fleeing and eluding officers and drug paraphernalia.

Total bail was set at $6,500.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or

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