Teenager showing tongue tied up with traffic trouble, a tale about carjacking and a trail of tickets

Teenager showing tongue tied up with traffic trouble, a tale about carjacking and a trail of tickets

(As originally published, Thu, January 4th 2024)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A pickup truck going almost twice the speed limit led to a teenager’s arrest, after he ran at least six stop signs, a red light, swerved to avoid stop sticks, and claimed he wasn’t the person driving — all according to his arrest report.

The report said his Ford F-250 was “traveling 47 mph in a posted 25 mph” late on New Year’s Day in Florida and a police officer tried to conduct traffic stops several times, eventually stopping a chase, “pursuant to agency policy.”

Also detailed in the report, streets were named, speeds recorded, and other officers’ findings mentioned as the pickup truck covered a lot of ground.

It said the turning point came “at 94 mph in a posted 50 mph zone.”

That’s when a sergeant “was able to obtain the license plate of the vehicle,” and then “approach the driver’s side of the vehicle, illuminating the driver,” who was identified as Tyler Lawrence Cullen.

A corporal took that information and paid a visit to Cullen’s mother at the registered owner’s address.

“Tyler’s mother was able to get in contact with Tyler via phone,” the arrest report said, “at which time Tyler stated he was on his way home and his truck was stolen.

“Lake County deputies remained at the residence awaiting Tyler’s arrival.”

The young man showed up, minus the truck, and “completed a sworn affidavit” that said he was leaving a friend’s house at about 10:30 p.m., “and two men in dark hoodies waved him down.

Teenager showing tongue tied up with traffic trouble, a tale about carjacking and a trail of tickets
Tyler Lawrence Cullen was charged with 3 counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding, and one count of reckless driving, Jan. 2, 2024. (Lake Co. Sheriff’s Office)

“Tyler said he stopped to see what they wanted, at which time he was carjacked at gunpoint. Deputies continued talking with Tyler after he completed the sworn affidavit.

“Tyler came clean and said he was operating the vehicle, and he ran from law enforcement.

“Tyler then notified deputies of where he parked the vehicle.”

The 19-year-old was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding, which are felonies, and one count of reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor.

He was released from jail in lieu of $16,000 bail after 12-and-a-half-hours, and his truck was impounded.

Cullen has been ticketed in Lake County six times in the past three-and-a-half years, including twice this past October.

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