A 19-year-old Dunnellon man was arrested inside a barn after leading local police officers and deputies on a chase.
Early in the morning on Tuesday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office units attempted to conduct multiple traffic stops on a black BMW Coupe that had a South Carolina license plate.
According to the MCSO report, the vehicle’s driver and sole occupant, Malcolm Dahey McDonald, was driving recklessly in the area of U.S. Highway 41 and W Highway 40.
At around 1:30 a.m., Dunnellon Police Department units attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but McDonald fled the scene.
An MCSO aviation unit was active and observed McDonald as he fled from the DPD’s attempted traffic stop.
While the aviation unit kept watch on the vehicle, an MCSO sergeant on the ground spotted the vehicle near the 16000 block of W Highway 40. The sergeant unsuccessfully attempted a traffic stop and McDonald continued traveling eastbound on W Highway 40.
An MCSO deputy deployed stop sticks on W Highway 40 near W Highway 328, and McDonald’s vehicle struck those stop sticks and continued eastbound.
McDonald turned south onto SW 110th Avenue from W Highway 40. Units from MCSO, DPD, and the Florida Highway Patrol were in pursuit of the vehicle.
Due to safety concerns, the ground units were told to cease the pursuit, and an MCSO deputy continued to observe McDonald’s vehicle from the air.
McDonald was spotted traveling south on SW 110th Avenue. He turned onto SW 38th Street, headed westbound, and turned onto a driveway that led to a barn.
The deputy watched as McDonald parked near the barn, exited the vehicle, and ran inside the barn.
Units on the ground arrived shortly afterward and secured the perimeter. McDonald ignored orders to come outside, and an MCSO K-9 deputy located him on the ground behind a stack of supplies.
McDonald was apprehended by the K-9 deputy and he was taken into custody.
An MCSO deputy searched McDonald and found an electronic key that belonged to the BWM Coupe that was used to flee from law enforcement.
A record search indicated that McDonald’s South Carolina driver’s license was suspended on May 18, 2020 due to a cancellation of insurance, and he did not possess a Florida driver’s license.
McDonald denied driving the vehicle and told the deputy that he frequently sleeps inside the barn.
McDonald was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $10,000 bond. He is facing several felony charges for fleeing from law enforcement along with misdemeanor charges for resisting an officer, driving without a valid driver’s license, and failure to register a vehicle.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.