Marion County Sheriff Deputies chase suspect after speeding off

Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 12:01 AM EDT
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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) - Marion County Sheriff Deputies said they tried to perform a traffic stop on 22-year-old Benjamin Townsel for speeding on Juniper Road Tuesday afternoon.

But when deputies tried to confront Townsel he drove off. Eventually, Townsel lost control of the car and slid off the road.

He then tried to run away, but deputies were able to catch up.

Townsel didn’t have a driver’s license and was wanted for robbery, battery, grand theft, and other charges.

When asked why he ran from police, Townsel replied “because you were chasing me.”


WHY DID YOU RUN?! On October 13, 2020, Deputy Calvin Batts was driving down Juniper Road when he clocked a silver Toyota 4-door going 51mph in a 30mph zone. When Deputy Batts attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. The driver, identified as 22-year-old Benjamin Townsel, eventually lost control, slid into an overgrown lot and fled on foot. Deputy Batts was able to catch up to Townsel and while placing him under arrest he asked “why did you run.” Townsel replied “because you were chasing me.” Hummm we don’t think that is why he ran…you see, he didn’t have a driver’s license and he had active warrants for his arrest. He had outstanding warrants for: Robbery by Sudden Snatching Battery Grand Theft Criminal Mischief Simple Assault His new Charges: Fleeing/Elude DWLSR Resisting Arrest w/o Violence Possession of Marijuana He was transported to our Gold Star Hotel. Great catch Deputy Batts!!

Posted by Marion County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, October 15, 2020

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