Driver arrested after crash

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By The Staff

On May 31, a sheriff’s deputy went to a single-vehicle accident on S.W. 38th Street and S.W. 51 Terrace. When he arrived, he saw a 2004 Ford on the shoulder of the road, parked at a 90-degree angle with the engine still running, according to a sheriff’s report.

The driver, Manuel Eugene Turner, 55, of Ocala, was still behind the wheel, he smelled of alcohol and had “glossy” eyes, the arrest report said. The deputy had to help the man out and assist him in walking to a level part of the road.

The driver was unable to perform any field sobriety tests, due to the level of intoxication, according to the report. He was taken to the hospital for possible alcohol poisoning. His blood alcohol level was .34, when he arrived, and .287 after two hours of observation.

Turner was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He was taken to the Marion County Jail after leaving the hospital. He took a breath test at the jail and blew a .211 and .207.

Ocala man reportedly

beats head against bars

When a sheriff’s deputy was driving on S.R. 200 on May 31, a black Dodge truck and motorcycle passed him driving at about 70 mph, according to a sheriff’s report. The vehicles then abruptly changed lanes without using signals.

The drivers were then stopped at a red light. When the motorcycle pulled up next to the truck, the deputy pulled up behind both vehicles and activated his lights. But, when the light changed green, the truck took off, while the motorcycle stayed put.

The deputy left the motorcycle and followed the truck, which finally came to a stop. The man asked the deputy why he was being pulled over and not the motorcycle driver, according to a sheriff’s report. He explained that he was attempting to stop them both, but he had gone through the light.

An Ocala police officer arrived on the scene and spoke with the driver of the truck, who smelled of alcohol. The driver, Anthony Eugene Manno, 41, of Ocala, told the officer he had not been drinking. He refused to perform a field sobriety test.

When he was placed in the patrol car, he starting beating his head against the windows and bars, according to the report. He was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to submit breath test. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.

He refused to sign citations written by the officer.

The motorcycle rider pulled into the parking lot and waited for an officer because he knew he was being stopped and to explain his side of the incident. He told officers that the truck driver had pulled out in front of him and had prevented him from changing lanes by switching lanes, according to a sheriff’s report.

Five guns

stolen from shed

On May 30, a resident of S.W. 108th Place discovered five guns missing from the gun locker in his work shed, according to a sheriff’s report.

The man was unsure whether the safe was locked at the time of the incident, as it is sometimes left unlocked. The five guns stolen were two semi-automatic Beretta guns, a semi-automatic Tikka rifle, a bolt-action Tikka riffle and a Marlin riffle.

Though other people have had access to the shed, the owner reported none of them knew of the guns or the location of the key to the locker. The last time he saw the firearms was two to three weeks earlier.

This Bud for


The sheriff’s office responded to the Chevron gasoline station at the on S.R. 200 regarding a burglary. On May 30, the owner discovered the glass door broken and two 12-packs of Natural Light and an 18-pack of Bud Light were missing, according to a sheriff’s report.

Sign torn down

For VPK classes

When he arrived at the entrance of Sun Country Estates on May 30, the owner of Beginning Stages Learning Center found the yellow banner advertising VPK classes had been torn down.

But this was not the first time.

A week earlier, the $80 banner was found folded up behind the wall it was hanging from. The sign was reattached using metal wire instead of string, according to a sheriff’s office report. But when it was removed this time, the metal eyeholes ripped the banner.