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Friday, June 9, 2023

Former Wildwood football player nabbed after wild chase ends in crash

Keon Lamar Marsh
Keon Lamar Marsh

A former Wildwood football player was apprehended after a wild chase ended Thursday afternoon with a crash involving multiple law enforcement vehicles.

Keon Lamar Marsh, 21, was driving a black Toyota Camry at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and was being pursued by U.S. Marshals and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

A Sumter County sheriff’s deputy joined in the pursuit on State Road 44 near the intersection with County Road 219 but lost sight of the Camry. A Marion County sheriff’s helicopter was flying overhead and maintained a visual observation of the vehicle. The helicopter pilot reportedly spotted the Camry on Magnolia Street in Wildwood. A deputy continued the chase and Marsh drove his vehicle directly at the squad car, forcing the deputy to take evasive action. The Camry then turned west onto Cleveland Avenue (which is also County Road 466A) where it was involved in a crash with multiple law enforcement vehicles.

A suspect was arrested after a chase that ended in Wildwood on Thursday afternoon
Keon Marsh was arrested after a chase that ended in Wildwood on Thursday afternoon.
Keon Marsh played football for Wildwood High School.

As a result of Thursday’s chase, Marsh is facing charges in Sumter County of battery, assault, driving while license suspended and multiple counts of fleeing to elude law enforcement.

He was already on probation and was booked without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center.

It was not the first time Marsh was involved in a chase endangering the public. In 2020, he was arrested after a pursuit in Wildwood.

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