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WATCH: K-9 catches man who fled from Marion deputy during traffic stop

A 28-year-old Silver Springs man was apprehended by a Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 last week after he ran a stop sign and fled from a deputy.

On Tuesday, February 13, at around 8:50 p.m., an MCSO deputy observed a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of SE 125th Terrace Road and NE 1st Street Road. The sheriff’s office stated that the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle’s driver, identified as Carlos Alberto Gomez Vaquez, refused to stop.

According to MCSO, Gomez Vaquez fled for a short distance at a slow rate of speed and eventually came to a stop at a residence located on SE 128th Avenue. After refusing to comply with commands to exit the vehicle, Gomez Vaquez proceeded to drive into the backyard of the home before fleeing on foot.

MCSO police chase (Feb 13, 2024)
Gomez Vaquez drove into the backyard of a home located on SE 128th Avenue and then fled on foot into the nearby woods. (Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

The MCSO Air-1 and K-9 units soon arrived on scene to assist with locating Gomez Vaquez. A heat signature was detected in the thick woods, and several deputies and a K-9 partner began searching the area.

Approximately an hour and a half into the search, the K-9 located and apprehended Gomez Vaquez. He was taken into custody, and MCSO stated that it was later discovered that he was in possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

In addition, deputies learned that Gomez Vaquez did not have a valid driver’s license.

Carlos Alberto Gomez Vaquez
Carlos Alberto Gomez Vaquez, 28, of Silver Springs

After being medically cleared, Gomez Vaquez was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held on $75,000 bond. He is being charged with fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence, driving without a valid license, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, according to jail records.