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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Gun, marijuana found in Ocala man’s car after fleeing traffic stop

A 23-year-old Ocala man accused of fleeing from a traffic stop is facing additional charges after a loaded handgun and marijuana were allegedly found in his car.

On Friday, July 5, at around 8:30 p.m., a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy was inside a patrol vehicle after finishing another traffic stop in Ocala when a Ford Taurus was observed on NW Gainesville Road. According to the arrest report, the Ford’s passenger side left the roadway and veered several times onto the shoulder of the roadway.

The report stated that the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the Ford in the 9400 block of NW Gainesville Road, and the car briefly began to slow down. The driver of the car, later identified as Shaymus Paul Turbeville, then allegedly made a U-turn and began heading northbound on NW Gainesville Road.

A brief pursuit was initiated, and the deputy activated the patrol vehicle’s sirens. According to the report, Turbeville continued fleeing from the deputy and turned onto NW 96th Lane.

When Turbeville neared the 4200 block of NW 96th Lane, the deputy caught up to the car and successfully performed a P.I.T. (Precision Immobilization Technique) maneuver, ending the pursuit. The deputy then made contact with Turbeville, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The deputy noted in the report that Turbeville was “apologetic” and spontaneously stated that he was “just trying to get his vehicle to his home because he thought he would be going to jail.” A records’ check of Turbeville revealed that he did not have a valid driver’s license.

During a search of Turbeville’s vehicle, another MCSO deputy found a clear plastic baggie that contained a green leafy substance, which field-tested positive for marijuana. The deputy also found a Walther .380 handgun, which had an empty magazine and one round in the chamber, according to the report.

Turbeville was placed under arrest and transported to Marion County Jail on Friday, July 5. Three days later, he was released from the facility after posting a $31,000 bond. He is being charged with fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, using or displaying a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of marijuana (20 grams or less), and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, according to jail records.