Man arrested after chase

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Suspect thrown from vehicle

By Jim Clark

At approximately 1:46 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, K-9 Deputy Doug Watts observed a pickup truck traveling northbound in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 441 near the 3500 block, headed right for him. The truck then crossed over a paved median and continued to travel north. Watts made a U-turn and initiated a pursuit.

Additional deputies responded and joined the pursuit that reached speeds exceeding 90 mph. The driver, John Baxter, 52, of Southwest 97th Court, Ocala, ran four red lights while traveling north on 441 through the city of Ocala. Stop sticks were deployed causing Baxter’s front passenger tire to go flat and he slowed to speeds of 45-55 mph.

As Baxter continued to flee from law enforcement, Watts performed a P.I.T. maneuver and successfully disabled the vehicle. Baxter was ejected, but was not seriously injured. When deputies asked him if he had been drinking, his response was “Not enough, I guess.”

*A 33-year-old man was accused of aggravated domestic battery on a person over 65, battery on a law enforcement officer and felony criminal mischief.

Jack William Denali, of Southwest 53rd Avenue, was taken into custody in the evening of Nov. 16.

According to the report, he struck a woman in the head with a full beer bottle. When the officer went inside he found Denali and handcuffed him, placing him in the sheriff’s cruiser.

According to the report Denali became angry and began yelling and hitting the patrol vehicle, kicking the window areas. After two deputies tried to subdue him, he became more violent and was transported to the jail. During the ride he kicked out the rear driver’s side window with his feat and began to damage parts of the vehicle’s interior.

At the jail he still was resisting and trapped a deputy’s hand between his handcuffs, causing lacerations to the deputy.

Back at the home, a younger victim said he had been stabbed with a screwdriver, and a room and a garage had been vandalized. Deputies noted that there was broken glass, broken eyeglasses and blood in the residence.

*Deputies investigated a burglary at a vacant home on Southwest 151st Place in Florida Highlands. Copper electrical wiring was taken.

*A duplex on Southwest 101st Place Road was entered and several items were damaged. The unit is vacant and is being repaired.

*Multiple houses in Bahia Oaks were vandalized by being spray painted between Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. Similar vandalism was reported to a residence on Southwest 60th Avenue.

*A Dunnellon man was arrested for retail petit theft and given a notice to appear after an incident at Walmart on Nov. 12.

Mark Wayne Albritton, 43, of Southwest 153rd Lane, is alleged to have taken two boxes of Prilosec. He set off a security alarm and was detained by the store manager.