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Fast-driving Ocala man accused of punching woman and jumping out of car

Julio Octavio Ramirez

An Ocala man was is accused of giving a woman a fat lip after she told him he was driving too fast.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded around 11 p.m. Tuesday to the Circle K at 5986 W Hwy. 40, where the victim said Julio Octavio Ramirez, 37, was driving and she was in the passenger seat as they traveled along the 100 block of NW 60th Avenue. She said they both had been drinking alcohol, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Ramirez started driving at a high speed and she demanded that he slow down. She said Ramirez punched her in the mouth and jumped out of the moving vehicle as they approached the intersection of W Hwy. 40 and NW 60th Avenue. Asked if Ramirez said anything during the incident, the victim said no, the report said.

The deputy observed the victim’s lip was discolored and bleeding, according to the report.

Deputies searched the area and didn’t find Ramirez, who later walked up to the gas station during the investigation and was detained. Ramirez had a significant number of abrasions on his right arm/shoulder area, the report said.

Ramirez refused to speak with the deputy about the incident. Both he and the victim had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol, according to the report.

While on the way to the Marion County Jail, Ramirez said the victim kicked him out of the car, “foot to face.” He was released Thursday on $100 bond and is due to appear in Marion County Court on July 8.

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