Driver accused of using car to push police car side

Published: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 at 2:55 p.m.

Police used a Taser to subdue a suspect accused of using his car to push a squad car off the road.

Therris Lee Conney Jr., 21, of 628 NW 60th St., was arrested on charges of aggravated battery on a police officer, burglary, criminal mischief, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

The incident began around 1:15 a.m. Sunday at 619 NW Fifth Ave., where Gainesville police officers were patrolling on foot. Officers said they spotted Conney driving without wearing a seat belt and tried to flag him down. Officers said he sped away and led them on a brief chase.

Officer Rabindranauth Narayan caught up with Conney in the 400 block of Northwest Eighth Street and provided the following account of what happened: "(Conney) was driving south on the northbound side of the street and I was on the southbound side. (Conney) slowed down, leaned forward and looked at my car and swerved into the driver's side, hitting the car and pushing me sideways."

Damage to the police car was estimated at $1,000.

Then Conney pulled over onto the east side of the roadway and jumped out of the car while it was still moving, Narayan said. He and three other officers eventually caught up with Conney at a home in the 300 block of Northwest Seventh Terrace. Police said Conney kicked in the front door of a stranger's home and then pushed against the door to keep police out. Once the officers were able to wedge the door open slightly, Narayan said he used his Taser once, knocking Conney to the floor, where he was handcuffed.

A records check showed Conney's driver's license was cancelled on Dec. 22. Following his arrest, Conney told police he fled from them because he knew he should not have been driving.

Conney was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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