07/03/2014 12:01PM

Former jockey Toribio charged in traffic stop incident


Abdiel Toribio, a former jockey with $26.8 million in lifetime purse earnings, was arrested Sunday night near Ocala, Fla., and charged with resisting an officer with violence and driving with a suspended license, according to Marion County records.

Toribio, who last rode regularly in 2009, allegedly drove off while a Marion County sheriff’s deputy was partially in his truck after Toribio was stopped for an expired vehicle tag. The deputy, Christopher Frost, was able to convince Toribio to stop his vehicle after he climbed into the truck when Toribio began driving.

Toribio was released from the Marion County jail Tuesday morning after posting a $31,000 bond. He also was charged with owning an unregistered motor vehicle and attaching an unassigned tag to his car. Toribio’s driver’s license has been suspended seven times, according to the records.

Toribio’s best year riding was in 1996, when he won 190 races and earned $2.85 million in purses.