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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Ocala women arrested for street racing with child in car

Two women were arrested by Ocala police after they allegedly raced their vehicles on SW College Road while being accompanied by a minor passenger.

On Friday, July 5, at around 1:50 a.m., an Ocala Police Department officer observed two vehicles – a Cadillac sedan and Toyota sedan – that were traveling westbound, near the 3100 block of SW College Road, at a high rate of speed, according to OPD.

The police department stated that the officer’s handheld radar showed that the vehicles reached speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour.

The officer quickly caught up to the two sedans, and a traffic stop was conducted on the Cadillac in the 3800 block of SW College Road. The Toyota also pulled over, and another OPD officer soon arrived on scene to assist with the traffic stop.

The driver of the Cadillac was identified by OPD as 22-year-old Jamirria Janiya Blunt. She also had a 15-year-old passenger who was sitting in the front seat.

The Toyota’s driver was identified as 22-year-old Kiara Dashaunte’Imani Johnson. Inside her vehicle, the officers observed an eight-month-old child who was sitting in a rear-facing car seat.

Blunt and Johnson were both placed under arrest, and they were transported to Marion County Jail. They were both released from the facility the following day after posting a $1,000 bond, and they are facing the following charges: child neglect without great bodily harm and racing on a highway.

“Racing presents serious dangers, including increased risks of severe accidents and death,” stated the Ocala Police Department in a social media post on Monday, July 8. “We have zero tolerance for highway racing and will do everything we can to ensure that our roads are safe.”

Blunt and Johnson are both scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, according to jail records.