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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Jacksonville man arrested after MCSO deputy spots him in stolen vehicle on N U.S. Highway 441

A 34-year-old Jacksonville man was arrested after a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted him behind the steering wheel of a stolen vehicle on N U.S. Highway 441 in Ocala.

On Tuesday, an MCSO deputy was on patrol near N U.S. Highway 441 when a report was received which referenced a stolen vehicle in the area. The vehicle, a blue Hyundai sedan, was observed by another MCSO deputy on N Highway 441 near the intersection of Highway 326.

The deputies conducted a felony traffic stop of the vehicle on N Highway 441 near 35th Street. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as William Keith Clark.

William Keith Clark
William Keith Clark

Clark was detained by one of the deputies. He claimed that he had borrowed the vehicle from someone named ‘Rick’ in Jacksonville around an hour or two prior to the traffic stop. The vehicle had been reported as stolen by the Duval County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the MCSO report, a search of the vehicle was conducted by the deputies, and the following items were found inside the vehicle:

  • A red and black bag behind the driver’s seat which contained a white crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
  • A purple powdery substance that field-tested positive for fentanyl.
  • Four blue pills in a small baggie that were identified as alprazolam.
  • A small handgun.

A criminal history search of Clark revealed that he had a previous felony conviction, and he also had two prior convictions for driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Clark was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $20,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for grand theft of a motor vehicle, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and driving with a suspended or revoked license (third or subsequent offense).

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.