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Cocaine found in Ocala DUI suspect’s vehicle

Jason Allen Renaker

An Ocala man reportedly had cocaine in the center console of his vehicle when he was arrested on a DUI charge recently.

Jason Allen Renaker, 39, of PO Box 974, was also charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug equipment after being pulled over shortly before midnight in the 10200 block of U.S. Highway 441 in Belleview.

A concerned citizen had called 911 and reported a white Buick sedan traveling northbound on Highway 441 that was running on and off the road. The caller said the front end of the vehicle had substantial damage. A Belleview Police officer on routine patrol observed a white Buick matching the description and conducted the traffic stop, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

A sheriff’s deputy responded as a backup to the officer and spoke with Renaker, who was the driver and lone occupant. The deputy observed two unopened Mike’s Hard Lemonade drinks on the passenger seat and floorboard and noticed the smell of alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle, the report said.

Renaker failed a series of field sobriety exercises and refused to provide a breath sample for testing. During an inventory search of the vehicle, the deputy found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke crack cocaine in a backpack behind the driver’s seat. A further search turned up a small baggie containing a small amount of white powder in the center console. The powder field tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.

After being read his Miranda warning, Renaker said he had a lot more to drink that evening than he originally admitted to, but he wasn’t “belligerent.” Asked about the white powder in the console, Renaker said he used to do cocaine but said he didn’t know about the cocaine in the vehicle, the report said.

Renaker was being held in the Marion County Jail on $4,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Sept. 1.

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