Police: Suspect was hiding in Dumpster

Alfred Varon Stinson allegedly ran from an officer after being pulled over in Waldo.

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 11:02 p.m.

A Gainesville man is accused of Dumpster diving to avoid police in Waldo early Saturday.



Alfred Varon Stinson, 20, of 27 N.E. 22nd St., was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer with violence and resisting an officer without violence, driving on a suspended license, and maintaining a vehicle for drug transactions.

In an arrest report, Waldo Police Officer Kenneth Smith said Stinson caught his attention at 1:06 a.m. because he was driving a car without its headlights on and had a loud muffler and a cracked windshield.

Smith said that once he pulled Stinson over, he saw Stinson move from the driver's seat to the middle back seat of the car. Smith said Stinson eventually got out of the car but resisted being handcuffed, getting into a brief scuffle with Smith before fleeing by slipping out of his jacket, which Smith grabbed onto during the scuffle.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office K9 Deputy Bryan Jones and his partner, Smokey, tracked Stinson to a Dumpster several blocks away behind a restaurant on U.S. 301. Smith said Stinson was pulled from the Dumpster and arrested. A search of his car turned up marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Stinson was booked into the Alachua County Jail, where he still was being held Monday.

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