Marion County sheriff’s deputies converged on a Summerfield man’s vehicle early Monday morning after he fled from a traffic stop in a minimart parking lot.
A sheriff’s K-9 deputy had stopped 30-year-old Michael Anthony DiLorenzo’s green hatchback in the parking lot of the Circle K in Summerfield at 14870 S U.S. Hwy. 441. But shortly after he drove away, another sheriff’s deputy took the lead in the pursuit and was forced to use an aggressive maneuver to spin out DiLorenzo’s vehicle and bring the chase to an end, a sheriff’s office report states.
The K-9 deputy reported that he suspected DiLorenzo might be intoxicated after seeing him driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of Sunset Harbor Road. He stopped DiLorenzo in the Circle K parking lot and noticed that his speech was slurred, the report says, adding that the deputy also smelled the odor of intoxicating beverages.
DiLorenzo was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he agreed to participate in field sobriety tests. He failed all four and then provided breath samples that showed 0.189 and 0.173 blood alcohol content – more than twice the legal limit – the report says.
DiLorenzo, who is originally from Boston and lives at 17681 SE 102nd Circle in Summerfield, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer with lights and siren activated. He was released on $3,000 bond early Tuesday morning and his court date hasn’t been set, jail records show.