Update: Suspect arrested in hit-and-run


Published: Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 12:02 p.m.

Gainesville Police arrested a man for ramming another vehicle and running over one of the passengers earlier this week.

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Michael Paul Cremeans

Michael Paul Cremeans, 28, of Gainesville, was being held at the Alachua County jail on an aggravated battery charge Thursday morning, according to jail records. A $10,000 bond had been set.

Police were investigating a vehicle crash and injuries to one man, which occurred at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, police spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg Wednesday said. The case initially was listed as an attempted murder.

David Asbell, 26, of Gainesville received multiple lacerations and abrasions on his body when he fell as a pickup drove toward him and then ran him down in a parking lot at Main Street and Depot Avenue, Kameg said. Asbell was treated and later released from an area hospital.

Asbell, his brother, John Asbell, 32, of Marion County, and another man were headed south on Main Street when a pickup pulled out from a street on the west side of the roadway, Kameg said.

The vehicle carrying the three men was almost struck by the pickup, which caught up to them as they continued to head south, police reported. A passenger in the pickup began yelling, and an argument started between the occupants of the two vehicles.

Kameg said the pickup suddenly swerved right and struck the vehicle carrying the brothers and a friend, Jeremy Gamble, 27, of St. Petersburg.

The men pulled over, according to police. The pickup, described as a red or maroon Ford Ranger, made a right turn on Depot Avenue, drove back toward the damaged vehicle and "aimed" at David Asbell, who by this time was outside the vehicle that had been rammed.

Gainesville Police Detective Patty Nixon said Cremeans and his brother, who is his identical twin, were asked to meet with officers about the incident late Wednesday. Cremeans told officers during an inteview that he had been driving the pickup involved in the crash. But he denied intentionally trying to strike David Asbell, saying he only was driving away, she said. He admitted his vehicle may have “touched” the other pickup but did not say he had rammed the vehicle carrying the other three men.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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