An Ocala woman was charged with driving with a suspended license and failing to register her vehicle after being pulled over for running a stop sign Sunday night.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was traveling north on NW Gainesville Road shortly before midnight when a red four-door sedan drove through the stop sign at NW 165th Street and NW Gainesville Road and without stopping. The deputy started following the vehicle and did a computer check on the license tag, which was registered to a black four-door SUV and not a red sedan, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The deputy conducted a traffic stop at the corner of NW 41st Terrace and NW 40th Avenue Road. He asked the driver to roll down the window because he couldn’t see through the heavily tinted windows. The deputy spoke with the driver – Jennifer Folsom Dugas, 39, of 5539 NW 61st Ave. Dugas told the deputy the vehicle belongs to her, the report said.
The deputy conducted a computer check and found out that Dugas’ license was suspended. Asked if she knew it was currently suspended, she said not that she knows of but it has been suspended several times in the past, according to the report.
Asked why the wrong license plate was on the vehicle, Dugas said she just bought the car a couple weeks ago and she hasn’t had time to go to the DMV to get a new one. She said she put the plate on the car so she could drive it. Dugas also told the deputy she didn’t have car insurance, the report said.
A search of Dugar’s criminal history shows two prior convictions for driving with a suspended license. She was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was still being held Monday evening.