OCALA, FLORIDA – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office released video of a police pursuit involving wanted sex offender Todd Marchesano who dangerously evaded officers on busy roadways.
On Friday the Marion County Sheriff’s Office put a post on their department Facebook page that included a summary of the Todd Marchesano pursuit along with dramatic aerial video footage of the chase. The pursuit ultimately ended as a result of a very dramatic PIT maneuver that was executed flawlessly by pursuing police.
The PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing police car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.
The Facebook post read, “WANTED SEX OFFENDER FLEES FROM DEPUTIES, CAPTURED AFTER SHORT PURSUIT
During a search for wanted subject Todd Marchesano (DOB: 5/6/1969), deputies received a tip on his location and discovered he was enroute to a business on North Pine Ave driving a grey Toyota Sienna minivan. MCSO’s Air1 observed a vehicle matching the description eastbound in the 2700 block of North Highway 27 being driven by Todd Marchesano, who was known to have local warrants for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Reporting Requirements. Marchesano pulled into the U-Haul store’s parking lot located at the intersection of North Pine Avenue and North Highway 27. MCSO K-9 Deputy Matthew Hooper attempted a traffic stop, at which time the suspect fled north on Highway 441 and then veered onto NE Jacksonville Road. Deputy Silas Caruthers joined in the pursuit. While in front of the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, Deputy Caruthers successfully conducted a PIT maneuver, at which time the suspect’s vehicle struck the raised concrete median and flipped on its side. todd Marchesano was taken into custody as well as a female passenger, Tina Nabbefeld (DOB: 7/30/1977), who has active warrants out of the Ocala Police Department for Dealing in Stolen Property and Falsification of Ownership to a Pawnbroker. Marchesano was treated for minor injuries, and both were arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail. Marchesano was previously featured on Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods’ Wanted by Woods Wednesday Facebook segment as the Sheriff’s most wanted fugitive of the week. Todd Marchesano was originally convicted of Indecent Acts on a Child while he was serving in the military and stationed in Germany in May 2006.”
Watch the full video of this dramatic pursuit below:
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