A 25-year-old Groveland man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after he allegedly stole a SECO Energy truck in a neighboring county and fled from multiple deputies.
On Friday, July 8, an MCSO deputy received a call for service in reference to a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Lake County.
According to the MCSO report, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office advised that a white SECO energy truck had been stolen from the Kangaroo gas station located at 451 E Myers Boulevard in Mascotte. LCSO deputies maintained visual contact of the stolen vehicle as it traveled into Marion County.
The MCSO deputy located the stolen vehicle near the weigh station at exit 350 on Interstate 75. After the deputy activated the patrol car’s lights and sirens, a traffic stop was attempted in the 6600 block of I-75 northbound.
The vehicle continued northbound on I-75 at a high rate of speed. Numerous MCSO patrol units responded to assist in the pursuit, and stop sticks were successfully deployed which resulted in the vehicle’s passenger side tires deflating.
At exit 352, the vehicle left the interstate and began traveling eastbound on W Silver Springs Boulevard before coming to a stop in the 2400 block. A felony traffic stop was conducted and the vehicle’s sole occupant, Wade Brandon Sapp, was detained in handcuffs.
Sapp refused to speak with the deputy regarding the incident. The deputy ran a computer records search of Sapp and discovered that he did not possess a valid driver’s license.
Sapp was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $7,500 bond. He is facing felony charges for grand theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer, along with a misdemeanor charge for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.
A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, August 9 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.