Man who defecated on SUV, charged with 2nd vandalism, arrested after suspected DUI crash

Man who defecated on SUV, charged with 2nd vandalism, arrested after suspected DUI crash

(As originally published with additional photos, Mon, February 5th 2024; previous story here)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A man who served probation for defecating on an ex-coworker’s SUV is facing a DUI charge after he crashed his own vehicle.

Jeremy Robert Powell’s latest trouble happened in the middle of the night on Friday, Jan. 26.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper wrote in the arrest report about paramedics checking Powell out.

Then, “I asked Mr. Powell what happened, and he stated he slid off the road and bumped his forehead.

“He also stated he was traveling home from his girlfriend’s at the time of the crash.

“While I was speaking with Mr. Powell, I could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, and his speech was slurred.

“I also observed that he had a cut on his forehead, blood on his face, and abrasions on his forearms, which is consistent with an airbag deploying in a crash.”

The trooper figured out Powell had been driving in an inside lane when he “struck a curb” and then “traveled into the center median, striking multiple bushes and a tree.”

He noted there was also “blood on the front airbag and heavy front-end damage from striking the tree.”

The report also said Powell “refused to perform field sobriety exercises” as well as a breath test.

Powell was taken to a hospital for medical clearance before he could be booked into the Marion County Jail.

His trouble over the past year took place in nearby Sumter County.

Last February, the ex-coworker told police his SUV had “new scratches on the driver side of his vehicle, a broken passenger side windshield wiper, and what appeared to be fecal matter on the roof of his vehicle.”

The victim also showed surveillance video to police.

In April, Powell pleaded no contest, and he was sentenced to a year of probation, 40 hours of community service, a fine of $500, having no contact with the victim, paying $500 in restitution, and $100 towards the cost of his prosecution.

Man who defecated on SUV, charged with 2nd vandalism, arrested after suspected DUI crash
Jeremy Robert Powell was arrested twice (from left) for crimes involving someone else’s vehicle in Sumter County in 2023, and once for crimes involving his own in Marion County in 2024.

Powell did everything and got his probation ended early, in October, but police and the victim say he didn’t learn his lesson.

Powell was arrested on two counts of criminal mischief with one or more previous convictions, which are felonies, for more vandalism to the same victim’s SUV.

That case is making its way through the legal process.

This time, Powell, 31, was charged with DUI and DUI causing damage. He was released after 35 hours in jail.

Besides the criminal charges, the trooper gave Powell a ticket for careless driving. On it, the amount of property damage was estimated at $10,000.

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