A 79-year-old Citra man was arrested after being caught on video nearly running down a man with his pickup truck.
Lanny Luke Leblanc, of 3285 NE 160th Lane, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after the incident, which happened Thursday in the front yard of a property he owns at 3211 NE 160th Lane.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy his name was recently taken off the deed to the property and Leblanc came to the location and was yelling obscenities and telling him to get off his property. The victim said the argument escalated quickly and Leblanc was in his Ford pickup truck the entire time, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said Leblanc revved his engine and drove the truck rapidly straight at him. The victim said this happened multiple times and he had to jump out of the way to avoid being run over. He said he was scared Leblanc was going to run him over with the truck, the report said.
An eyewitness provided a matching statement and showed the deputy a cell phone video of the incident. In the video, Leblanc can be heard saying, “Get off my (expletive deleted) property,” and “I own this (expletive deleted) property. You need to leave.” The video shows Leblanc accelerating so quickly that his tires spun in the yard and left “burnout” marks in the grass. During each of these burnouts, the victim was so close to the truck he had to jump out of the way and was able to hit the hood with his hands, according to the report.
Leblanc told the deputy he was told by his civil attorney that he had the legal right to go onto the property and change the deadbolts to the house and padlock the fence shut. He said he didn’t recall driving the truck through the front yard or threatening the victim, the report said.
Leblanc was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Friday on $2,000 bond.