Tavares man with outstanding warrant arrested after battle with deputies inside Ocala Wal-Mart

Timothy Charles Dunne III

Marion County deputies arrested a Tavares man with an outstanding warrant Monday after receiving a tip that he was at an Ocala Wal-Mart.

When deputies attempted to take 35-year-old Timothy Charles Dunne III into custody near the self-checkout isle of the store, located at 34 Bahia Ave., he lowered his shoulder and attempted to run, a sheriff’s office report states.

Deputies were able to grab Dunne, who continued to try to “jerk away” from them and take him to the ground in-between the inside set of automatic doors. He continued to resist the officers “by kicking and pulling his arms away” and refusing to “submit to handcuffs,” the report says.

Deputies held Dunne on the ground until he eventually became too tired to resist, then placed him in handcuffs and took him into custody, the report says.

During the struggle, a deputy reported seeing a loose needle fall on the ground. A subsequent search of Dunne’s clothing revealed a baggie of a small, white rock-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small baggie containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana, the report says, adding that Dunne admitted that the needle was his “and he uses it for meth.”

Dunne was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, resisting an officer without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Marion County Jail website also lists a charge of battery against Dunne, with his total bond set at $12,500. He is scheduled to appear in a Marion County courtroom Aug. 14 at 9 a.m.

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