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Deputies: Man Tries to Run Over Detective, Ex-Wife, Son

Posted February 22, 2008

— A Sanford man wanted for assaulting his ex-wife and son escaped after trying to run over a detective Thursday night.

Sgt. C.R. Babb, with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, attempted to pull over Dean Michael Varner outside his home at 1356 John Rosser Road around 10:15 p.m.

Babb wanted to serve Varner on outstanding warrants for three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a child under 12 and injury to property.

Varner tried to run over Babb with his 1993 Chevrolet truck, deputies said. His truck jumped a ditch, and Varner escaped on foot.

Varner's ex-wife, Amanda, told the sheriff's office Wednesday that Varner had twice struck her vehicle on Black's Travel Road. Two passengers were in her car at the time – including the couple's 1-year-old son.

Detectives additionally charged Varner with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, driving with a revoked license and failure to stop for blue lights and siren.

Anyone who knows Varner's whereabouts should call the Lee County Sheriff's Department at 919-718-4563.


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  • Six String Feb 22, 2008

    Some people are just totally useless...

  • IzzMad2016 Feb 22, 2008

    What a freak show this guy is. I hope they find him SOON.

  • bomanicous Feb 22, 2008

    How do women end up in long term relationships with creeps like this? I seriously doubt this behavior is uncommon for him.

  • ptahandatum Feb 22, 2008

    Zeus will aid in the capture of this one too. At least you can depend on Zeus.

  • Glass Half Full Feb 22, 2008

    Wow! Another niceun'. Here's hoping the deputies catch him before he kills her. I'd much rather hear about him going to jail than her being found dead by his hand. He's a few fries short of a happy meal!!! Good example to set for his kid too!!

  • Adelinthe Feb 22, 2008

    What a loose screw this beast has; few animals will attempt to endanger their own offspring - and then we have this animal.

    Praying for his family, especially his children. And am praying now they toss him under the jail for a good long time so that his children can be safe.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB