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Member of prominent family jailed after kicked out of local bar

Summer Yoder
Summer Yoder

A member of one of Sumter County’s most prominent and influential families was jailed after she was kicked out of a local bar.

Summer Yoder, 46, of Wildwood, was found to be “highly intoxicated” when law enforcement was called at about 1 a.m. Sunday to the Dallas Inn on U.S. 301 in Summerfield, according to an arrest report from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. A bartender asked that Yoder, a member by marriage of the Yoder family that operates the T&D family of companies that includes concrete, pools and stucco, be removed from the premises.

Yoder, a former fitness trainer at what was then known as MVP Athletic Club in The Villages, refused to cooperate with law enforcement, after she was told more than 15 times she needed to leave the Dallas Inn. She was also told that due to her level of intoxication, she would need to get a ride or walk. She refused to leave and headed for the bar.

A deputy attempted to place handcuffs on Yoder, a martial arts enthusiast. She pulled her arms apart and “spun her body towards” the deputy, the report said. A second deputy was summoned to assist with handcuffing Yoder, who continued thrashing and resisting the deputies, knocking a body camera off one of the deputies. Even after she was handcuffed, she kicked a deputy in the shin with her shoe.

The deputies wrangled Yoder into a squad car, but she was able to slip out of her handcuffs. She “yelled profanities” at the deputy as she was driven to the Marion County Jail. She used her feet to kick the plexiglass in the squad car, “with such force” that the plexiglass hit the headrest behind the deputy’s head.

During the booking process at the jail, Yoder broke free from four correctional officers, before she was finally shackled.

She was being held at the jail on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest and trespassing. Bond was set at $7,000.

In 2020, Yoder was arrested after she was found behind the wheel of a Chevrolet SUV on County Road 105 not far from the Goodwill Superstore in Oxford. A search of her purse turned up 5.3 grams of leafy marijuana and a pipe with the residue of marijuana. She also had 32.7 grams of THC oil. Yoder hired defense attorney Jaimie Washo Spivey who was able to get the case dismissed.

In January of this year, Yoder was ticketed on a charge of speeding, but the charge was dismissed after she went to traffic school. She had also received a ticket for an expired license plate and paid a $113 fine, according to Sumter County Court records.

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