Two Ocala men were arrested on a litany of drugs and weapons charges after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop and leading police on a brief chase that ended in a crash in downtown Ocala.
An officer with the Ocala Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the corner of S Magnolia Avenue and SW Broadway Street on Monday, August 30 on a vehicle that he suspected of having illegal tint.
After making contact with the driver, 30-year-old Curtis Goodman, and the passenger, 36-year-old Jarvis Davis, the officer tested the tint at 3%.
The legal limit in Florida is 28%.
Goodman handed the officer an ID card and said that he did not have a valid driver’s license, according to a report from the Ocala Police Department.
The officer instructed Goodman to turn off his vehicle and instead, Goodman put the vehicle in reverse and struck the officer with the vehicle’s side mirror. According to the report, the officer had to make an evasive maneuver to avoid having his feet run over at a high rate of speed by the vehicle.
The vehicle fled the traffic stop eastbound on SE Broadway, passed the downtown parking garage, and veered off the road onto the sidewalk before losing control, striking a utility box and multiple trees before coming to rest just outside the 302 Broadway condo apartment complex.
Goodman and Davis were detained and, during a search of the area, a bag with a white powdery substance was discovered next to the vehicle. The substance later tested positive as cocaine with a raw weight of 37 grams.
While the officers were conducting their investigation, the manager of 302 Broadway Condominiums approached them and advised that she had video of the incident. Officers reviewed the video that showed a bag and a gun being thrown from the passenger window of the vehicle.
In addition to the cocaine, a black Glock 23 handgun and multiple Oxycodone pills were recovered.
Goodman and Davis were arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail.
Goodman faces ten charges from the incident including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding police, and driving on a suspended license as a habitual DUI offender. His bail was set at $85,500.
Davis was charged with armed trafficking of cocaine, tampering with evidence, and possession of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $115,000.