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Man arrested in Ocala after being caught driving stolen vehicle

A 54-year-old man was arrested on a multitude of charges after he was caught driving a stolen vehicle in Ocala.

On Thursday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the 8400 block of SE 58th Avenue to assist a sergeant with a traffic stop.

According to the MCSO report, the sergeant had conducted the traffic stop on a green Nissan pickup truck that was listed as stolen. When the truck stopped, Tony Parnell Strickland exited the driver’s side door and fled on foot. After a short pursuit, Strickland was detained by the sergeant.

Tony Parnell Strickland
Tony Parnell Strickland

Upon arrival at the location of the traffic stop, the deputy made contact with Strickland. After being read his Miranda rights, Strickland claimed that he did not steal the pickup truck, and he further claimed that he purchased the vehicle in Georgia.

Strickland advised that he ran from the sergeant because he had a warrant out of Georgia. He also admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license, according to the MCSO report.

The deputy searched Strickland’s wallet and located three driver’s licenses that did not belong to him, along with 14 fake $100 bills. Strickland claimed that he had found the driver’s licenses in the truck and placed them in his wallet, and he advised that the fake currency was only “play money.”

Strickland told the deputy that all of the items inside the pickup truck belonged to him. According to the MCSO report, a search of the pickup truck was conducted and the following items were located:

  • A vape pen that field-tested positive for the presence of marijuana.
  • A scale covered with a residue that field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
  • A backpack containing several small baggies and paperwork belonging to Strickland.

A computer search of Strickland revealed that he has an active Georgia warrant for fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer.

Strickland was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $35,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for grand theft of a motor vehicle and possessing forged bills (over 10), along with misdemeanor charges for resisting an officer without violence, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana (less than 20 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawfully possessing fraudulent identification (three counts).

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, according to jail records.