A man who lives with his parents in the Village of Pinellas is poised to escape prosecution in a case in which he was caught with cocaine after speeding in a school zone.
Patrick Joseph Jacques, 27, had been arrested April 5 on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He had been clocked driving 35 miles per hour in a school zone, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. A traffic stop was initiated at the corner of Rolling Acres Road and County Road 466.
A bag of cocaine and a pipe with burnt residue were discovered in Jacques’ vehicle.
Earlier this month in Lake County Court, Jacques struck a deal to enter into a pre-trial intervention program. For 18 months he must refrain from excessive consumption of alcohol, stay away from illegal drugs and submit to three random drug screens. If he complies with the terms of the deal, the charges will be dismissed.
In 2016, a woman was taken by ambulance to Leesburg Regional Medical Center after her vehicle was struck at Brownwood by a Hyundai Elantra driven by Jacques.