Driver arrested after crash


Robert McCormick, with the City of Gainesville Traffic Operations, inspects a totaled traffic control box sitting along side a a flipped over blue Ford pick-up truck belonging to an Allen Bryant at the intersection of NE 8th Avenue and Waldo Road on Thursday, July 31, 2008. The accident caused traffic lights to be out for hours. Bryant, who walked away with minor injuries, was arrested for habitually driving with a suspended or revoked license and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The cause of the accident is undetermined at this time.

Aaron Daye/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 2:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2008 at 2:07 p.m.

A local resident with a checkered driving history ran off a road, flipping his vehicle in northeast Gainesville Thursday night, police reported.

Officers arrested Allen Bryant, 47, of Gainesville for driving with a suspended or revoked license and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to an arrest report.

The crash occurred at NE 8th Avenue and Waldo Road at about 8:15 p.m., Gainesville Police reported.

Bryant lost control of his blue Ford pickup, which overturned, destroyed a traffic control box and also hit a witness' vehicle, according to police. Officers saw a rifle in the seat next to Bryant, who was alone in the pickup. Bryant told officers the gun wasn't loaded.

When police checked Bryant's criminal and traffic history, they found he had been listed as a habitual offender for driving with a suspended or revoked license and had a 1999 felony conviction for a weapons charge. Bryant had minor injuries, police reported. He was being held at the Alachua County jail on a $11,000 bond Friday, jail records showed.

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