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Residents are breathing a sigh of relief after an armed man was arrested during a manhunt on I-75

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 11:12 PM EST
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HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. (WCJB) - Traffic on I-75 in both directions was at a standstill between High Springs and Lake City for hours. Due to a chase that started in Columbia County around 11:45 a.m.

Law enforcement stopped Marandoe Young, 21, by using a pit maneuver and stop sticks near mile marker 406. That’s when he stopped his vehicle and ran into the woods.

“Most likely fled from law enforcement because he was in possession of a large amount of marijuana which he admits he intended to distribute,” said Alachua County Sheriff’s Captain Kaley Behl.

Young fired shots while being chased, and he was finally caught after 4 p.m. in the nearby woods by K9 Micco.

“What the investigation reveals so far is that he will be charged with fleeing and attempted to elude law enforcement,” said Behl.

Along with three counts of aggravated assault on deputies and also with tampering with evidence. Patrick Ward and his family were stuck in traffic for hours trying to get to St. Louis.

“I was able to find out what was going on on Twitter from tweets from a local news station, but I kind of got a picture of what was going on, and I was kind of like how long is this going to take,” said Ward.

Young was treated at a hospital before deputies transferred him to the Alachua County Jail.

His bond is set at $595,000.

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