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Attempted Ocklawaha traffic stop leads to motorcyclist fleeing deputies

A motorcyclist who fled Marion County deputies has found himself behind bars.

Sheriff officials report that on January 5 at around 2:15 p.m., Corporal Richard Demarco attempted a traffic stop on a motorcycle for running a stop sign at the intersection of Southeast 131st Place and Southeast 107th Court, in Ocklawaha. The driver, who was later identified as Neil Elder (W/M, DOB: 11/06/1971), refused to stop and began to flee at a high rate of speed with a passenger on his motorcycle. Due to the reckless nature of Elder’s driving, Corporal Demarco canceled the pursuit out of a concern for the safety of Elder’s passenger.

Deputy Brittany Fisher later located Elder driving on Southeast Maricamp Road, near the Silver Springs Shores District Office. She attempted to conduct a second traffic stop, but Elder fled from her and drove through multiple red lights. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Aviation Unit arrived in the area and located Elder using the camera capabilities of AIR-1. AIR-1 maintained visual contact with Elder and provided updates about his location to the deputies below.

Corporal Joshua Beccue, a member of the MCSO Traffic Unit, approached Elder near the intersection of Southeast Baseline Road and East Silver Springs Boulevard. He tried to get Elder to pull over, but Elder would not surrender and fled westbound. Corporal Beccue advised that Elder’s passenger was screaming to be let off of the motorcycle and for Elder to stop driving.

Eventually, Elder turned into the shopping center parking lot in the 2500 block of E Silver Springs Boulevard and attempted to hide his motorcycle behind the Taylor College Building. AIR-1 advised deputies that Elder was on foot and walking in front of the building. He was apprehended without further incident. A search of the motorcycle revealed that Elder had a trafficking amount of fentanyl in his possession. His license was also suspended and the motorcycle was unregistered.

Elder was arrested for three counts of Fleeing to Elude a Law Enforcement Officer, False Imprisonment, Trafficking in Fentanyl, Driving with a Suspended License as a Habitual Traffic Offender, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Register a Motor Vehicle. He was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he remains without bond.

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