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Two Marion County men behind bars after traffic stop at gas station

Two were arrested Monday night after a Marion County sheriff’s lieutenant initiated a traffic stop on their vehicle.

Dwain Edward Capece and Jonathan Glen Browning

The driver of the 2002 gray Dodge four-door sedan, 59-year-old Dwain Edward Capece, of Ocala, pulled into a parking spot at a Shell gas station, located at 8955 SE Hwy. 200. A short time later, the sheriff’s lieutenant made contact with his passenger, 32-year-old Jonathan Glen Browning, of Dunnellon, who was later determined to have an active warrant, a sheriff’s office report states.

Capece told the lieutenant that his driver’s license was suspended “but he was only driving a short way” from his house to take Browning to the gas station. He said that he previously thought his license had been reinstated because the initial charges against him were dropped, but he found out recently that it was still suspended after being pulled over on his way to Cocoa Beach, the report says.

Capece also said that he knew was illegal to drive without a valid license and he had told Browning “that he could get in trouble if he was caught driving him to the gas station.”

A computer check showed that Capece’s license was suspended for one year on May 3, 2018 for refusing to submit to a breath, urine or blood test. And it showed that his license was then canceled indefinitely on Dec. 10, the report says.

Capece was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with driving with a suspended license (first offense). He is scheduled to be released Sunday at 9 a.m., jail records show.

Browning also was transported to the jail on the warrants for grand theft of a motor vehicle and grand theft (between $300 and $5,000). He is being held on $4,000 bond and is due in court on Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

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