A 39-year-old convicted felon from Silver Springs who led a deputy on a brief chase in the woods was arrested on multiple charges after drugs and ammunition were found in his vehicle.
On Saturday, February 3, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy was traveling southbound on S Highway 314A in Silver Springs when a black Jeep was observed driving down the side of the road. The deputy noted in the arrest report that the Jeep did not have a tag attached.
The deputy activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the Jeep, later identified as Matthew William Davis, made a U-turn onto S Highway 314A before traveling westbound on a trail that led into the woods, according to the report.
Davis refused to stop and continued traveling westbound in the Jeep. The report stated that the deputy activated the patrol vehicle’s sirens and initiated a pursuit, which continued westbound on the trail until the Jeep struck a tree.
Davis exited the Jeep, approached the deputy’s patrol vehicle, and surrendered. After being read his Miranda rights, he stated, “I haven’t had a license in 15 years,” and he added that his license is currently suspended, according to the report.
During the post-Miranda interview, Davis admitted to “running” from the deputy, and he stated that he was “trying to get back to the woods.” He further stated that the Jeep did not have a tag because it was unregistered.
The deputy noted that the interior of the Jeep was searched, and the following items were found:
- A dark blue container on top of other items between the driver’s seat and passenger’s seat. In the container, the deputy found a cellophane bag containing a white crystal-like substance, a grocery bag containing a green leafy substance, two clear Ziploc bags containing a green leafy substance, and a red package containing a green leafy substance.
- A smaller green container was located next to the blue container. Inside the green container, the deputy found “raw” rolling papers, a glass bubble with a white residue, and a blue cellophane bag containing a white powdery substance.
- In an open compartment near the driver’s seat, another deputy found an unspent shotgun shell.
The report stated that the white crystal-like substance weighed 19.5 grams and field-tested positive for methamphetamine. The green leafy substances collected had a total combined weight of 15.5 grams and field-tested positive for marijuana.
In addition, the white powdery substance field-tested positive for fentanyl, and the white residue within the glass bubble field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
A computer search of Davis revealed that his driver’s license had been suspended over a dozen times from 2008 to 2023, with the most recent suspension occurring in December of 2023.
The deputy noted that a criminal history search revealed that Davis was previously adjudicated guilty for multiple driving with a suspended license convictions and felony convictions.
Davis was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held on $56,000 bond. He is being charged with methamphetamine trafficking (over 4 grams but less than 30 kilograms), possession of fentanyl, possession of marijuana (20 grams or less), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, driving with a suspended license (habitual offender), and failure to register a motor vehicle.
A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, according to jail records.