Residents help locate suspect


Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 8:25 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 8:25 a.m.

Gainesville Police arrested a local man after they said he struck an officer and then fled into woods near NW 43rd Street after an attempted traffic stop Tuesday evening.

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Dramaine Johnson, 32.

Alachua County Sheriffs Department

Dramaine Johnson, 32, of Gainesville, was being held without bond at the Alachua County jail Wednesday morning on charges of drug possession, resisting an officer both with and without violence, fleeing and eluding police, and driving with a suspended driver's license, jail records showed.

Officer Justin Bayless-Sakelarious attempted to stop a vehicle in the 5400 block of NW 43rd Street at about 5 p.m., said Sgt. Steve Baker. Instead, the driver pulled into the Mile Run subdivision onto a dead end street.

The man attempted to run and struggled with the officer, punching him in the head and face, Baker said. He then ran into the woods.

Several residents either saw or heard the struggle and called 911, then attempted to help police search for the man, Baker said. They located him hiding in the woods near a church in the 4000 block of NW 53rd Avenue.

Police reported the man wouldn't come out of the woods and instead went deeper into the undergrowth.

Cpl. Tim Durst and his police dog Grady, a German shepherd, eventually located the man, Baker said. Johnson was bitten on the leg by the police dog and taken to the North Florida Regional Medical Center for treatment before he was booked into the jail, according to police.

Officers found several baggies of marijuana inside the vehicle Johnson had been driving, Baker said.

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