Career Criminal’s Knee-Jerk Reaction Lands Him Behind Bars
BROOKSVILLE – When someone runs from Police it’s usually because they have committed a crime or have an outstanding warrant for their arrest. In most cases the suspect is captured, which usually leads to additional charges that could have been avoided if they had cooperated with law enforcement. For some career criminals the decision to flee from Police is second nature, especially if they’ve spent a large portion of their adult life behind bars. That’s exactly the case with 52-year-old Michael O’Banner who faces a resisting arrest charge, after fleeing from Brooksville Police on Friday.
According to reports, O’Banner was riding his bike in the area of Stafford Street and West Fort Dade Ave, when officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop for not having a headlight. O’Banner fled the area on foot through several properties, jumping over fences and crossing U.S. 98 before reaching the area of East Ave and Oakdale Ave, where he was finally apprehended.
Officials say O’Banner is on inmate release for fleeing and eluding and also has a non-extraditable warrant out of Pennsylvania for failing to appear on a traffic citation. Ironically, if O’Banner would have stopped, Officers may have only issued him a citation for not having a headlight on his bicycle.
O’Banner has served 18 years behind bars on dozens of charges ranging from Burglary, Narcotics, Battery, Escape, and Fleeing and Eluding.
O’Banner was booked into the Hernando County Jail and is currently free on $1,000 bond.
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