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1 arrested, 2 injured after high-speed chase ends in crash at Ocala intersection

A 24-year-old man was arrested after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase that ended with a two-vehicle crash at a southeast Ocala intersection.

On Sunday, June 23, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee had been spotted traveling eastbound on SE Maricamp Road, near the intersection of SE 58th Avenue (Baseline Road). While searching the area, a deputy observed a vehicle matching the description on Pine Trace, according to the arrest report.

The deputy followed the Jeep as the driver, later identified as Jah’kudo Emanuel Gibbons, turned onto SE Maricamp Road before pulling into a nearby Marathon gas station. The report stated that backup units soon arrived on scene, and the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Jeep.

Jah'kudo Emanuel Gibbons, Jr.,
Jah’kudo Emanuel Gibbons, Jr., 24, of Deerfield Beach

The deputy noted in the report that the Jeep slowly went around a gas pump before exiting the gas station and fleeing westbound on SE Maricamp Road at a high rate of speed. He allegedly veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and broke several other traffic laws while fleeing from law enforcement.

As Gibbons neared the intersection of SE Maricamp Road and SE 58th Avenue, the deputy observed heavy traffic in the area. Gibbons was traveling “well above 100 mph” while approaching the intersection, and he “did not show any signs of slowing down,” according to the report.

Moments later, the Jeep entered the intersection, and its front section crashed into the side of a sedan that was traveling southbound on SE 58th Avenue.

The drivers of the Jeep and sedan were both seriously injured in the crash on June 23, 2024. (Photo: Facebook)
Gibbons and the driver of the sedan were both seriously injured in the crash on June 23, 2024. (Photo: Facebook)

After the impact, the jeep rolled onto its side. Deputies approached the vehicle and helped remove Gibbons from the wreckage. He was placed under arrest and transported to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

The unidentified driver of the sedan involved in the crash was also hospitalized for treatment of “serious bodily injuries,” according to the report.

When Gibbons was read his Miranda rights, he told deputies that he had “borrowed (the Jeep) for $100.” He further stated that he had fled from the deputies because he “did not want to get in trouble for not having a valid driver’s license.” The report stated that a computer search of the Jeep revealed that it had been reported stolen out of Gainesville.

Gibbons was medically cleared and transported to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held without bond. He is being charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer with serious injury or death.

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