Ocala man with revoked license behind bars after caught driving in The Villages

Jesse Lee Myers

An Ocala man caught driving with a revoked license in The Villages said he was behind the wheel only because his girlfriend was in too much pain to drive.

Jesse Lee Myers, 34, of 8961 SE 88th Place, was charged with knowingly driving while his license was revoked, as well as violating probation, after being pulled over around 8 p.m. at 8300 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, near County Road 42 and the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was on routine traffic patrol when he observed a white Nissan Pathfinder traveling west on County Road 42. A computer search revealed that one of the registered owners had a revoked license, and the deputy observed that the driver matched the physical description of the owner, according to the sheriff’s office report.

At first, Myers told the deputy the license was valid, but he later admitted it was revoked Feb. 19 for fleeing and eluding law enforcement in Sumter County. He said he was afraid to tell the deputy because he is on probation, and that he was driving the vehicle because his girlfriend was having hip pain and the driver’s seat does not move, the report said.

The deputy confirmed Myers is on felony probation, which was violated with this offense. Myers was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $1,000 bond. He’s due to appear in Marion County Court on June 18.