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Marion man ditches dirt bike, jumps over fences while fleeing deputies

A 23-year-old dirt bike rider was arrested on a dozen charges after he allegedly fled from a traffic stop in Marion County and led deputies on a foot chase through a residential area.

On Saturday, May 4, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a man, later identified as Joveon Joseph Crowell, riding a dirt bike near the 160 block of Marion Oaks Drive. The arrest report stated that the dirt bike did not have a license plate.

Joveon Joseph Crowell
Joveon Joseph Crowell, 23, of Dunnellon

The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the dirt bike moved onto the grass and continued traveling westbound. The rider, Crowell, accelerated before running a stop sign and turning south onto SW 34th Terrace Road, according to the report.

Since the area was frequented by pedestrians, the deputy ended the pursuit and canvassed the area for the dirt bike. The deputy noted in the report that the dirt bike was soon spotted at the intersection of SW 143rd Lane Road and SW 147th Lane Road, and Crowell ran away from the vehicle and into a nearby backyard while carrying a backpack.

The deputy remained with the dirt bike while waiting for additional MCSO units to arrive. While waiting, Crowell emerged from the backyard, approached the deputy, and apologized. The report stated that Crowell had taken off his shirt and no longer had his backpack.

When the deputy asked Crowell to turn around and place his hands behind his back, Crowell responded by stating that he was “not trying to go to jail.” He then allegedly ran in a northwesterly direction on SW 43rd Lane Road, according to the report.

Another deputy soon arrived on scene and observed Crowell running eastbound on SW 38th Terrace Road. A foot pursuit ensued, and the report stated that Crowell jumped over an electric fence, entering the backyard of a residence on SW 38th Terrace Road.

According to the report, Crowell became tangled in the electric wire and ripped it down while trying to reach the other side of the fence. The damage to the fence was estimated at around $350.

The report stated that Crowell climbed over several more fences while fleeing from the deputy, causing an additional $2,000 worth of damage.

The MCSO aviation unit responded to the area and located Crowell on SW 147th Place. According to the report, Crowell was observed entering a black SUV, and a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle near the intersection of Marion Oaks Lane and Marion Oaks Drive.

Crowell was a passenger in the SUV, and he was apprehended by deputies without further incident. The driver spoke with deputies and was not charged.

The report stated that Crowell’s backpack was found in the backyard of a residence, near where he had abandoned his dirt bike. The backpack contained Crowell’s driver’s license, as well as 4.5 grams of marijuana, 6.5 grams of cocaine, goggles, and the shirt that he was wearing at the time that he fled from the traffic stop.

Crowell spoke with law enforcement and admitted to fleeing because he “did not want to go to jail.” A computer check of his dirt bike revealed that it was unregistered, and his driver’s license did not have a motorcycle endorsement, according to the report.

After being arrested, Crowell was transported to a local hospital for treatment of a laceration to his wrist. After being medically cleared, he was taken to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond.

Crowell, who is from Dunnellon, is facing the following charges: fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence (two counts), operating a motorcycle without a license, failure to register a motor vehicle, trespassing (two counts), criminal mischief with property damage over $200 but under $1,000 (two counts), possession of marijuana (not more than 20 grams), possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, according to jail records.