Ocala man accused of stealing vehicle, leading police on chase through Gainesville

Courtesy: Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Police say a man threatened to shoot his girlfriend, stole her car and led them on a chase through the streets of Gainesville before he was caught the next day stealing lawn equipment from a Marion County elementary school.

Jayr R. Dinsen, 29, of Ocala is charged with aggravated felony fleeing, grand theft auto, domestic battery and false imprisonment.

Gainesville police say events began to unfold around 10:30 p.m. Friday when they responded to a call from a driver who was following a gray 2017 Maxima. The caller told dispatchers that a female driver was screaming for help as a male passenger grabbed her by the hair.

Here's what happened next, according to a Gainesville Police report:

When officers pulled the Maxima over in the 1900 block of NW 39th Avenue the driver jumped out and screamed that the suspect had a gun and threatened to kill her. Officers drew their weapons and ordered the passenger out. That's when they say he climbed into the driver's seat and drove off.

The Maxima led police on a chase through Gainesville that exceeded 90 mph at points. Police called off the chase because the suspect never displayed a gun and, at that point, the only charges were false imprisonment and domestic battery, according to the report.

The Florida Highway Patrol also tried to pull the car over Friday night but also discontinued the chase.

Police later identified Dinsen as the driver and determined he was wanted for grand theft auto out of Columbia County and was listed as a missing, endangered or suicidal suspect out of Marion County.

Marion County Sheriff's deputies say they caught up with Dinsen the next day when they say him around 1 p.m. at Belleview Elementary School.

Deputies say Dinsen sped away in the car and led them on a chase that approached 139 mph on I-75. Deputies say they used a PIT maneuver on the Maxima to get it to turn sideways. They say Dinsen restarted the car and drove away again. The chase ended at the 3300 block of SE 66 Street and deputies caught him after he ran.

Deputies say they found stolen edger, weed eater and backpack blowers inside the car.

A report says Dinsen told deputies he didn't deny stealing the equipment but that he had been doing so much heroin and meth that he couldn't remember going to the school or taking the items.

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