A former jockey was arrested Tuesday night after flames ripped through a Marion County home and a high-speed chase ended in Levy County.
Oswald Marvyn Pereira, 44, of Morriston, was arrested after he was found hiding the in closet of a mobile home. He reportedly suffered burns on portions of his body and was transported to UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville for treatment.
The home that burned, located on SW 103rd Loop, reportedly is where Pereira’s ex-wife lived. He was caught by deputies from Marion and Levy counties and police officers from Williston after a chase reportedly involving a Dodge Charger painted like the General Lee from the television show “Dukes of Hazzard” and a Cadillac Escalade.
Marion County firefighters were called to the house fire on Tuesday at about 7 p.m. and when they arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames throughout the structure. A short time later, the flames broke through the roof as firefighters continued to battle the blaze.
Firefighters managed to locate the family dogs and they were rescued from the burning home and treated with oxygen, a report states.
The blaze remains under investigation by the Marion County Fire Rescue Fire Marshal and the State Fire Marshal. The outcome of the investigation could determine if further charges are levied against Pereira.