Dunnellon man with suspended license caught without license plate

Marcus Leon Johnson

A 25-year-old Dunnellon man was found to be driving with a suspended license after being pulled over without a license plate on his vehicle.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was on routine patrol in Dunnellon late on the night of Nov. 4 when he observed a green Ford Taurus turn south onto SW 200th Avenue from SW 107th Place without a tag. The deputy asked the driver, Marcus Leon Johnson, for his driver’s license, and he said it was suspended and that he only had a Florida identification card. The deputy asked for the vehicle registration and Johnson said he bought the car last week and had not registered it, according to the sheriff’s office report.

A computer records check confirmed Johnson’s license was suspended and revealed he was convicted in January 2015 for driving with a suspended license. He received an additional suspension in October 2017 for failing to pay a traffic fine, the report said.

Johnson was also charged with failure to register a motor vehicle and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released the next morning on $1,000 bond. No court date was set.