Gainesville man charged with DUI after police chase


Published: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 10:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 1, 2010 at 10:31 a.m.

Gainesville police arrested a man early Sunday that they suspect of driving drunk, without a license and in a stolen car that clipped off a couple of signs before it came to a stop.

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Steve Doby

ALACHUA COUNTY JAIL

Steve Doby, 37, of 4146 S.W. 17th Place in Gainesville, was arrested at 4:56 a.m. Sunday on charges of grand theft auto, DUI causing damage to property, resisting arrest, driving with no valid driver's license, and fleeing or attempting to elude police. Following Doby's arrest, police said his blood alcohol level samples were .178 and .191, both well over the .08 level at which drivers in Florida are presumed drunk.

Police Sgt. Orlando Alvarez said Doby caught his attention at 4:55 a.m. Sunday while Doby was driving south on Northwest 34th St. in a 1991 Lincoln Towncar and sped through the intersection at Northwest Eighth Avenue at an estimated 75 to 80 mph.

Alvarez said he turned on the lights and siren of his squad car, but Doby refused to stop and sped away. During the chase that ensued, Alvarez said Doby swerved across traffic lanes in Southwest 34th Street and destroyed two median markers on Southwest 20th Avenue. The chase ended when Doby turned onto Southwest 17th Place and jumped out of the Lincoln at the dead end.

Doby was arrested following a foot chase through an apartment complex. Alvarez said a records check showed Doby was never issued a driver's license.

Doby was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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