A victim was found with fresh blood on her mouth and neck after an anonymous caller reported an incident at the Twin Oaks Mobile Home Park.
An Ocala Police Department officer responded to the trailer park where a caller claims they heard a female victim yelling “Stop” while being choked by 42-year-old Jerry Driver, according to the sheriff’s report.
A sergeant was already on scene before the officer arrived and had the victim and Driver separated. The officer reported he immediately observed large, red scratches on the right side of the victim’s neck and fresh blood on the left side of her mouth. When the victim was asked how she got those marks she appeared to be “nervous.” The woman reported her and Driver were in a relationship and have lived together for the last few months at the home, according to the report.
The victim reported the couple was arguing and it became physical over frustration about bills at the end of the month. The victim said they had been drinking and claimed Driver becomes agitated when he drinks alcohol. The victim claimed she was struck in the bathroom of the trailer but refused to tell the officer how. The victim immediately asked the officer not to tell Driver that she told him Driver hit her, the report stated.
Driver denied being physical with the victim and said they walked away from each other after the argument. Dried blood was seen on Driver’s hand, and he said he did not know where it came from along with where the victim’s injuries came from. He claimed it was from him working in the Masonry industry, according to the report.
In the bathroom the officer reported he observed dried blood on the bathroom counter and Driver claimed it was residue from a cigarette.
Due to the injuries, the officer found probable cause to arrest Driver. A criminal history check revealed Driver had a prior battery conviction for battery on a law enforcement officer dating back to 2003.
During his transport to the Marion County Jail, Driver became irate and claimed he was having an anxiety attack. Driver was transported to Advent Health and cleared.
Driver was placed under arrest and charged with domestic battery second or subsequent offense. He was transported to the Marion County Jail on June 1 with a bond set at $5,000. A court date is set for July 6 at 9 a.m., jail records show.