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Gang Member and Govt Contract Worker Arrested after Police Probed into Lakeland Crash

Gang Member and Govt Contract Worker Arrested after Police Probed into Lakeland Crash

Lakeland, FL: A man with a history of criminal activities associated with a gang was arrested following a collision in Lakeland.

A 20-year-old identified as a Central Florida gang member with a long criminal record was apprehended after a collision investigation in Lakeland.

A family support worker contracted by the Florida Department of Children and Families was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for providing false information to a PCSO deputy during a crash investigation.

Taylor Harris, a 23-year-old individual from Tampa, was charged with Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer during an Investigation.

Harris was in a two-vehicle collision at Wabash Avenue and Memorial Boulevard in Lakeland around 4:45pm.

During the crash investigation, Harris stated to a deputy that she was driving her white 2013 Hyundai car when she crashed into a white 2019 Toyota 4Runner. However, a witness informed the deputy that a male was actually driving the Hyundai and he ran inside a neighboring Burger King after the collision.

The male driver was discovered concealing himself in the Burger King restroom by deputies. He was recognized as La’Darion Chandler, a 20-year-old resident of Lakeland, who is a documented gang member with a significant criminal record.

Sheriff Grady Judd expressed surprise that an individual responsible for assisting children through DCF would make such unwise decisions. “She deceived law enforcement officers and attempted to protect her gang-affiliated partner—these decisions were extremely poor.”

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Associating with negative individuals might lead to negative experiences. La’Darion Chandler, a malefactor, was recently released on bond on February 9th after being charged with aggravated assault. The individual removed his ankle monitor, caused a collision, and fled the scene.

La’Darion Chandler was arrested and charged with tampering with an electronic monitor device, criminal mischief, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, and driving while license suspended/revoked.

Due to his recent offenses and the forthcoming Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charge, Chandler will not qualify for a new bond.

Chandler has been arrested in the past for burglary, grand theft, vehicle theft, fraud, and running to evade. He was also charged with 1st Degree Murder, but the matter was dismissed when two witnesses recanted their initial testimony and stopped cooperating with authorities.

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Harris is hired by the Children’s Network of Hillsborough County and works as a family support specialist for DCF, according to local law enforcement.

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