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MCSO arrests two men after short high-speed pursuit in Ocklawaha

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in Ocklawaha after a brief high-speed chase ended with a crash.

On Sunday, October 9, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the MCSO deputy spotted a vehicle on SE 182nd Avenue Road in Ocklawaha that was traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle crossed over the center line, and the deputy observed that the vehicle’s rear lights were out.

The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver refused to slow down, and a short pursuit was initiated. According to MCSO, the pursuit came to an end when the vehicle crashed into vegetation along the side of the road in the 12400 block of SE 195th Avenue Road.

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The pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into vegetation (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 42-year-old Joshua Julius Hyder of Summerfield, exited the vehicle and fled on foot into the nearby woods.

Joshua Julius Hyder
Joshua Julius Hyder

The deputy detained the vehicle’s two passengers. According to MCSO, the backseat passenger, identified as 39-year-old Kenneth Darrell Sowell, Jr. of Summerfield, had a backpack where he was seated. Inside the backpack, the deputy found methamphetamine and measuring spoons.

Kenneth Darrell Sowell, Jr.
Kenneth Darrell Sowell, Jr.

Sowell was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $3,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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

MCSO stated that the vehicle’s second passenger was released and is not facing any charges.

An MCSO corporal along with a K-9 partner arrived on scene, and the MCSO Air-1 unit also responded to help locate Hyder. After an hour-long search, Air-1 spotted Hyder and relayed his location to the corporal.

The corporal gave verbal warnings to Hyder that the K-9 partner would be released if he did not come out of hiding. After those warnings were ignored, the K-9 partner was released and quickly located Hyder.

Shortly after Hyder was apprehended, it was discovered that he had an active warrant for felony battery.

Hyder was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $5,500 bond. He is facing felony charges for fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer with lights and siren active, driving with a suspended or revoked license (third or subsequent offense), and battery (second or subsequent offense), along with a misdemeanor charge for resisting an officer without violence.

A court date has been scheduled for Hyder on Tuesday, November 15 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.