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Ocala man flees officers during traffic stop, runs into Kane’s Furniture

A 41-year-old Ocala man was arrested after fleeing officers during a traffic stop and running into a local furniture store.

On Wednesday, November 3, an Ocala Police Department officer performed a traffic stop on State Road 200 after noticing a truck with an expired tag.

The driver of the truck, Damien Travis Sawyers, climbed out of the vehicle and ran away.

Ocala man flees officers during traffic stop and runs into furniture store
Damien Travis Sawyers

Sawyers ran across all lanes of State Road 200 toward Kane’s Furniture, located at 2526 SW College Road, according to the report.

Multiple officers were in pursuit, and a witness told the officers that Sawyers had ran inside the furniture store.

An OPD lieutenant and K-9 officer searched the inside of the store, and they located Sawyers inside a stairwell.

A search of Sawyer’s truck revealed multiple firearms, over 30 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, a scale, over $1,300 in cash, and multiple small bags.

Sawyers was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he faces numerous felony charges including weapon and ammo possession by a felon, drug possession, drug trafficking, and removing the serial number from a firearm.

He is currently being held on $115,000 bond and a court date has been scheduled on December 7 at 9:00 a.m., according to jail records.