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Marion County Sheriff's reports

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By Jim Clark

A 20-year-old Dunnellon man was accused of DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended or revoked after an incident on State Road 200 in the early morning hours of April 30.

Christopher Michael Lanford of Southwest 109th Street was spotted by a deputy on SR 200 weaving back and forth in his lane. According to the report he crossed into a turning lane to enter a gas station at Southwest 105th Street. The vehicle crossed all three lanes at a high rate of speed and entered the parking lot, but the station was closed. The vehicle then went on to 105th Street and sped up to 55 mph in a 45 mph zone, and crossed into the eastbound lane while traveling west. The deputy then made the traffic stop.

The driver allegedly failed the field sobriety test, and an inventory of his car located a silver pipe which still contained a small amount of marijuana, according to the report.

At the jail, his breath was recorded at .110 and .121. A check of his past showed he had one prior DUI conviction and his license was still suspended.

A Stone Creek resident reported the theft of a Hydro-fit underwater exercise flotation devise from the pool area of the development.

A resident of 2450 S.W. 38th Ave. reported that some jewelry was taken from her home, apparently while she was out doing laundry.

A resident on Southwest 81st Terrace Road reported a tire on a utility trailer had been punctured by a sharp object, possibly a knife.

A resident of Southwest 166th Loop, Marion Oaks, reported that some jewelry had been taken, allegedly during the time a moving company was moving her from one residence to another.

 In Citrus County, deputies arrested a 37-year-old Dunnellon man early Sunday morning after receiving a report of a driver ramming his car into another car he was chasing.

According to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, deputies responded at 2:30 a.m. to the area of North Citrus Avenue (County Road 495) after calls came in about a road rage incident possibly involving gunshots.

While en route, deputies reportedly received updates from dispatch that a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Joseph Adams, of Crystal River, was being rammed by another vehicle driven by Travis Wayne Stinson. Law enforcement pulled Stinson over on North Citrus Avenue and conducted a search of his vehicle where they found no weapon, the report stated.

Stinson reportedly told deputies he believed Adams threw something from his car that struck his windshield, causing a crack. He said he was already having a bad night because he lost his phone at a bar and that he was sorry for his behavior, according to the report.

Authorities then spoke with Adams who said he was traveling east on Turkey Oak Drive when he made a right turn onto North Citrus Avenue. Adams reportedly said Stinson, who was traveling west, ran the light and got in front of him. Adams said he blinked his headlights and had passed Stinson’s car when he heard Stinson fire three or four bullets before ramming his vehicle from behind, according to the report.

While on the phone with dispatch, Adams said he was advised to turn around and head toward U.S. 19. However, after doing so, the sheriff’s office reported Adams ran out of gas and pulled over onto the shoulder.

Adams then told deputies that Stinson got out of his vehicle, kicked his driver’s side door and punched him through the window before taking off. Adams reportedly said he never threw anything from his window.

Deputies arrested and charged Stinson with felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and burglary with battery. He was transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility where his bond was set at $10,000.