Leesburg convicted felon nabbed with weapon while driving without license

Charles David William Rager

A Leesburg man found himself behind bars early Thursday morning after pulling out of a gas station, spinning his tires and accelerating rapidly – all in front of a Lake County sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy, who had been patrolling in the Bassville Park area of Leesburg, attempted to stop the vehicle but it turned down a side street and went to the end of the roadway before stopping. The driver, 25-year-old Charles David William Rager, then exited the vehicle and admitted that his license was suspended, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy noticed 16-guage shotgun shells sitting on the driver’s seat of the vehicle and another deputy found a loaded 16-guage shotgun lying nearby. It had sustained damage consistent with being thrown from the vehicle but didn’t discharge in the process, the report says.

After verifying that Rager’s license was suspended, deputies also discovered that he was a convicted felon. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Lake County Jail, where he was charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked and tampering with evidence. He was released Sunday night on $27,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 9 at 8:30 a.m. to answer to the charges.