A 37-year-old Weirsdale man was arrested after he fled from a Marion County Sheriff’s office corporal while driving a stolen vehicle.
On Thursday, an MCSO corporal was notified that a stolen red Saturn car was traveling in the area of SE 58th Avenue and Maricamp Road in Ocala.
When the corporal approached the intersection of SE 28th Street and 58th Avenue, a vehicle matching the stolen car’s description was spotted. The corporal followed the vehicle and was able to confirm through a check of the license plate that it was the stolen car.
The driver of the car was later identified as Clarence Gary Dean, Jr.
The corporal continued to follow Dean while additional MCSO units responded to the area. Dean turned onto SE 20th Street from SE 51st Avenue, and the road ended in a cul-de-sac.
The corporal activated the patrol car’s emergency lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Dean made a U-turn and accelerated away from the corporal.
Dean turned north on SE 50th Terrace which led him east onto SE 18th Street. As he approached the intersection of SE 18th Street and SE 52nd Court, he made several quick turns and ran a stop sign on SE 21st Lane.
Dean stopped his car around the 2000 block of SE 52nd Court. He jumped out of the vehicle and ran eastbound on foot.
Multiple MCSO units arrived on scene and included several patrol cars, an aviation unit, and two K-9 officers.
According to the MCSO report, Dean ran through numerous private properties and scaled multiple fences. He also jumped over the chain link fence that surrounds Maplewood Elementary School.
Aerial surveillance showed that Dean ran nearly 30 yards onto the school property before he jumped over another fence and left the school’s grounds.
Dean was detained around the 2100 block of SE 51st Terrace. He refused to provide any information to identify himself and was later identified by his fingerprints.
A criminal history search revealed that Dean had multiple prior convictions for driving with a suspended license along with one prior conviction for domestic battery by strangulation.
Dean was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $15,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, grant theft of a motor vehicle, and driving with a suspended license, along with misdemeanor charges for obstruction without violence and trespassing on school grounds.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.