FHP: Traffic stop leads to 19 charges


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Thomas McGhee

Ocala, Florida — Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Juan A. Marrero was conducting traffic enforcement on I-75 at Mile Marker 361 when he “clocked” a white 2009 Infinity SUV at 92 mph.

Trooper Marrero then activated his emergency lights, at which time the driver failed to stop.

According to reports, when Trooper Marrero performed a computer check of the vehicle’s license plate number it showed that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Hillsborough County.


As the driver, later identified as Thomas L. McGhee, 28, exited at mile marker 368 he tossed a plastic bag out of the sunroof.

The bag was later recovered and identified by the Marion county sheriff’s Office, who assisted with the traffic stop, as prescription medication.

McGhee eventually stopped at a place of business and was arrested on 19 charges.

The charges include Fleeing and Eluding, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft (personal items that were in the SUV at the time it was stolen), Reckless Driving, Destruction of Evidence (x2), Violation of Probation from Hillsborough County, Littering, Driving on a Suspended License, and Possession of Prescription Medication without a Prescription (x10).

McGhee is currently being held at the Marion County Jail in lieu of a $37,000 bond.