A 21-year-old Ocala woman was arrested after allegedly tossing a TEC-9 firearm from her vehicle before leading police on a brief pursuit.
On Sunday, September 26, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office noticed a car on the side of SW 43rd Court. The deputy says the vehicle turned on it lights, pulled onto the road, and ran a stop sign at SW 113th Place. The vehicle rapidly accelerated west bound towards SW 49th Avenue.
The deputy activated his emergency lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle, which was being driven by Jennifer Linares-Rodriguez, did not stop.
According to the report, the vehicle ran another stop sign and continued at a high rate of speed until coming to a stop approximately one mile away.
When questioned, Linares-Rodriguez told the deputy that she was “just trying to get away” because she had done something wrong.
While investigating the area that she fled through, a stolen TEC-9, 9 mm caliber firearm was located in the roadway. The firearm had marks consistent with having been thrown from a vehicle.
During additional questioning, Linares-Rodriguez admitted that she threw the gun out of the window because she wasn’t sure if it was stolen or not. She was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. She was released on September 27 after posting bond and faces multiple felony charges, including grand theft of a firearm and fleeing and eluding law enforcement.