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Dunnellon man arrested after allegedly attempting to run over victim with SUV, crashing into tree

A 32-year-old Dunnellon man was arrested after attempting to run over a victim with an SUV and crashing into a tree.

On November 3, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call regarding a reported accident in Dunnellon.

The deputy was already on the lookout for a silver SUV in the area that was being driven by a man in a dark shirt, dark pants, and with silver teeth. Another caller had reported that a man matching that description had attempted to run him off the road.

While on the lookout, the silver SUV was located in front of a SW 31st Street residence in Dunnellon. The vehicle had crashed into a tree.

The SUV’s driver, Michael Thomas Fitch, was standing near the passenger door, and the deputy observed a silver grill over Fitch’s teeth that matched the previous caller’s description.

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Michael Thomas Fitch

A man exited the residence and stated that he was the caller who had notified law enforcement. He stated that he was involved in an accident with Fitch on a nearby street.

The victim claimed that Fitch’s SUV had approached his truck at a high rate of speed. The victim’s truck was rear-ended, leaving a large dent.

After the accident, the victim stated that while he was inspecting the damages, Fitch’s SUV turned around and drove towards him in an aggressive manner.

The victim re-entered his truck and drove back to the SW 31st Street residence. When he exited the vehicle, Fitch allegedly drove toward him and he had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

According to the victim, he ran inside the residence while Fitch drove around the back side of the property before crashing into a tree in the front yard.

Fitch spoke with an MCSO deputy and claimed that the people at the victim’s residence were “drug dealers” and that they owed him money. He also claimed that the victim, along with other individuals, were armed with AK-47 rifles and handguns when they came outside of the residence.

While speaking with the deputy, Fitch made a comment that he drove to the victim’s residence to, “(expletive) him up.”

Fitch was arrested and escorted to the patrol car. He stated he did not want to return to jail and asked the deputy to let him run away.

While being placed into the patrol car, Fitch repeatedly pushed the deputy with his hands and feet. Fitch was secured in the patrol car and transported to Marion County Jail where he faces a felony charge for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor for resisting an officer.

He is currently being held on $6,000 bond and has an upcoming court date on December 7 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.