Ocala couple claiming to be strangers but living together jailed after bizarre collision

Timothy Andrew Bouker
Catherine A. Sasak

An Ocala man and woman who claimed they didn’t know each other but live at the same address were both arrested on numerous charges after their vehicles collided last week at the intersection of NE 97th Street Road and NE 36th Avenue.

The Florida Highway Trooper who responded to the scene at around 2 a.m. Wednesday was advised beforehand that the parties involved in the crash had fled on foot. But when he arrived, he found Catherine A. Sasak, 30, being evaluated by emergency medical services personnel. A witness said that Sasak, who was the registered driver of a gold Ford Taurus that was in the wreck, had returned to the scene a short time earlier, according to the FHP report.

The other vehicle was an Arctic Cat all-terrain vehicle, and the witness said the driver was a heavy-set white male, approximately 5-foot-6, who was shirtless with tattoos. He was last seen leaving the scene eastbound on SE 97th Street Road and he had a serious head injury. The trooper located a fresh pool of blood where the ATV had come to a rest, the report said.

A check of the Arctic Cat’s vehicle identification number revealed it was stolen. A Marion County sheriff’s deputy noticed that the man’s description matched a subject known to possess stolen vehicles and frequently travel through this intersection. The deputy showed the witness a recent Marion County Jail booking photo of Timothy Andrew Bouker, 36, and the witness confirmed it was him, according to the report.

Bouker had just been released from jail three days earlier after being arrested when he ran out of gas on a stolen motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the trooper interviewed Sasak, who had abrasions to her right arm and neck consistent with air bag deployment. She had glossy watery eyes, an odor of alcohol on her breath that got stronger when she spoke, and her speech was slurred and lethargic. She exhibited severe mood swings ranging from polite and cooperative to aggressive and vulgar, the report said.

While being read her Miranda Warnings, Sasak continuously interrupted by making statements about driving her vehicle at the time of the crash and that she was going too fast and deserved to go to jail. She refused to perform field sobriety exercises and was taken to jail, according to the report.

At the jail, Sasak refused to provide a breath sample despite. When jail staff tried to remove her wig, she tried to get away before being handcuffed. Sasak then began to violently kick her legs and feet back and forth, striking both deputies several times. She also yelled multiple racial slurs at two deputies and had to be placed in a spit mask and detained in a holding cell to avoid further confrontation, the report said.

At around the same time, the Ocala Police Department received a call from Advent Health that a man matching the description of Timothy Bouker had come to the hospital with a large quantity of methamphetamine in his possession. A trooper responded to the hospital and confirmed the subject was Bouker and observed a large gash on the back of his head that required multiple staples to close, according to the report.

Bouker also had road rash consistent with being involved in an ATV crash, however he stated multiple times that he was injured falling off a one-story roof onto a grassy yard. He was placed under arrest and taken to jail, the report said.

While Bouker and Sasak live at the same address, they both claimed multiple times not to know each other. A deputy who had previously arrested Bouker on unrelated charges said Sasak was present at the time. He also said that Sasak had a necklace at the crash scene that was identical to a necklace Bouker was wearing at the time of his previous arrest, according to the report.

Sasek was charged with battery on a law-enforcement officer, DUI with serious bodily injury to another, refusal to submit to a DUI test after a license suspension, and resisting an officer with violence. She was still being held Monday on $21,000 bond and will appear in Marion County Court on Oct. 8.

Bouker was charged with trafficking in over 14 grams of methamphetamine, grand theft auto, resisting an officer without violence, failure to remain at a crash involving injuries to others, and driving with a suspended license (second offense). He was released Friday on $36,000 bond. No court date has been set.