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Silver Springs man, girl arrested on drug charges after chase

Dylan Tolson
Dylan Tolson

A 15-year-old Silver Springs girl became combative with deputies while being arrested on drug charges after her mother said THC oil found in their vehicle belonged to the girl.

At the same time, the Silver Springs man who was driving was also arrested for trying to flee law enforcement and possession of drug equipment.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday to a burglar alarm at the ATM at the BB&T branch at 15825 E. Hwy. 40. Upon arrival, the deputy saw a green 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck sitting in front of the ATM, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The vehicle pulled out of the parking lot as soon as the deputy drove up. The deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop but the truck fled at a high speed south on Highway 314A. The deputy chased the vehicle as it turned west on SE 24th Street before it got stuck in the watery shoulder in the 1100 block, the report said.

The deputy observed the driver – 23-year-old Dylan Tolson – had his hands outside the driver’s window. Tolson followed the deputy’s command to step out of the vehicle, according to the report.

Tolson denied driving the vehicle, saying that a passenger – 35-year-old Crystal Neely – was driving. The second person out of the vehicle was Neely’s juvenile daughter, whose name is being withheld due to her age, followed by Neely. All three got out of the vehicle through the driver’s door, making it unlikely Neely could have been driving the vehicle, the report said.

The juvenile wouldn’t say who was driving the vehicle but said Neely and Tolson both had seatbelts on. She also said upon getting stuck, she tried to crawl over Neely to get out through the passenger door. Another deputy contacted the owner of the vehicle, who said Tolson borrowed it and was the one driving, according to the report.

A black pouch was found on the driver’s side floorboard that contained syringes with residue that tested positive for THC. On the passenger’s floorboard was a purple backpack that contained a liquid substance that tested positive for THC. Neely said the backpack belonged to her daughter and that the juvenile had been caught smoking marijuana previously, the report said.

The juvenile said the bag was hers but denied knowledge of the THC oil. She became extremely combative, kicking and pulling away while requiring several deputies to place her in handcuffs. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and interfering with law enforcement without violence. She was taken to juvenile booking, according to the report.

While at the Marion County Jail, the juvenile became extremely agitated because she believed the THC oil belonged to Neely, who’s been arrested nine times since 2014 on charges including drug possession, petit theft, resisting arrest, driving without a license, and child abuse. The juvenile said several times she would fight her mother, who she believed set up both her and Tolson and was driving the truck, the report said.

Tolson was charged with fleeing an officer with lights and siren active, driving with a suspended license, and possession of drug equipment. He was still being held on $6,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on May 11.