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Monday, November 29, 2021

Man arrested after leading deputy on stolen vehicle chase

A 29-year-old South Carolina man was arrested after leading a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a chase in a stolen vehicle that began in Summerfield and ended in Ocala.

On Saturday, November 13, a deputy was on routine patrol at the intersection of SE 92nd Loop and US Highway 441 in Summerfield when a dark sedan with a South Carolina license plate was observed.

The driver of the sedan was later identified as Charles Poland, and a check of the license plate revealed that the sedan was reported stolen out of Laurens County in South Carolina.

Man arrested after leading deputy on chase in stolen vehicle
Charles Poland

The deputy followed Poland and activated the patrol car’s lights and sirens at the 3400 block of SE Highway 484 in Belleview.

According to the MCSO report, Poland continued to travel westbound on Highway 484 and Marion Oaks Boulevard, eventually turning onto Marion Oaks Trail.

Poland then continued on Marion Oaks Trail before turning onto SW Highway 484.

The deputy attempted a P.I.T. (Precision Immobilization Technique) maneuver but Poland slammed on the brakes and came to a near stop. As a result, the deputy drove slightly past Poland’s vehicle without making contact.

Poland then accelerated and drove his vehicle into the patrol car. When the deputy regained control after the impact, the pursuit of Poland’s vehicle ended with a successful P.I.T. maneuver at the 8000 block of SW 128th Place in Ocala.

Poland exited the vehicle and ran into the surrounding woods. The deputy chased after him, gave multiple commands to stop, and used a taser to bring the chase to an end.

According to Poland, he was unaware that the vehicle was stolen. He stated that he was renting the vehicle from a man, and that he had paid $100 to borrow it for three days.

He also claimed that he did not intend to drive into the patrol car and that it was an accident.

Poland was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. He faces felony charges for aggravated battery on an officer, fleeing and eluding, and grand theft of a vehicle.

A court date has been scheduled on December 14 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.