Ocala man arrested after racing on I-75, troopers say

Published: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 9:21 p.m.

OCALA -- A 22-year-old Ocala man was arrested for multiple charges after authorities said he was racing on Interstate 75 with a stolen SUV and crashed into the side of another vehicle.

John Edwin Talmadge of 2708 NE 25th St., sideswiped a southbound Ford Taurus on Friday while reaching speeds of 110 mph on a 70 mph roadway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash disabled the Taurus, driven by a woman from Illinois. Neither the driver nor her passenger were injured.

Troopers stopped Talmadge in a white Honda SUV at 4:11 p.m. Talmadge said he was racing a white Honda Pilot when he struck the side of the Ford. The race began on State Road 222 and continued onto I-75 in Gainesville, the report states.

Talmadge was also found to be driving the stolen vehicle with a suspended license.

Talmadge was arrested on charges of reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash, racing on a highway, grand theft of a motor vehicle, unlawful speed and driving with a suspended license. He was also issued a traffic citation for careless driving.

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