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Ocala man slams into fleeing passenger, police vehicle while being chased

Ocala police officers arrested a 22-year-old man on Wednesday afternoon after a chase that involved everything from his passenger getting run over to colliding with a police cruiser to a school going on lockdown.

Jonathan Holmes and Steven Lee Sanchez

The incident started shortly after 8 a.m. when Officer William Joedicke attempted to stop a white Dodge Challenger, driven by 22-year-old Jonathan Holmes, of Ocala, in the area of the Gaitway Plaza on SW College Road. Police say Holmes refused to stop and then pulled in front of another Ocala officer and collided with a patrol vehicle. A passenger, Steven Lee Sanchez, attempted to exit the car and was then hit by Holmes, an Ocala Police report states.

Ocala Police officers check out a white Dodge Challenger that was driven by 22-year-old Jonathan Holmes after it hit a fire hydrant while being chased on Wednesday.

Holmes eventually lost control of his high-performance vehicle and struck a fire hydrant in the area of SW 10th Street and SW 27th Avenue. He abandoned his car and fled the scene on foot, putting nearby College Park Elementary School on temporary lockdown, the report says.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s Air One helicopter aided in the search, as did several K-9 units.

This Ocala Police vehicle was damaged when it was hit by a Dodge Challenger driven by 22-year-old Jonathan Holmes on Wednesday.

A short time later, Holmes was taken into custody and charged with leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, resisting arrest without violence, driving without a valid license, fleeing and eluding and battery on a K-9 officer. He was being held at the Marion County Jail on $13,000 bond.

Sanchez was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. At the hospital, he was found to be in possession of cocaine, heroin, Suboxone, marijuana and methamphetamines and was charged accordingly. He is being held on $21,000 bond.

Crews from Marion County Fire Rescue provide treatment for 42-year-old Steven Sanchez after he was struck by a vehicle that was fleeing from Ocala police officers Wednesday. Sanchez had been a passenger in the car, which was being driven by 22-year-old Jonathan Holmes.