Traffic stop leads to chase, gun charge
Published: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 9:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 11:49 p.m.
Alachua County deputies attempting to stop a driver for not wearing a seat belt said the man's car came to a near stop before the driver took off again while throwing marijuana out the window.
Once the driver, Dennis Ray Humphreys III, 18, of Hawthorne, was stopped, deputies said they found a gun in the car with an altered serial number.
The traffic stop was being made Monday evening at Southeast 69th Avenue at Southeast 221st Street by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Shawn McCoy and Deputy James Riley said the driver initially appeared to be following their instructions to pull over but then sped away. Riley said he gave chase and pulled the car over a few blocks away.
Meanwhile, McCoy was flagged down by another driver who pointed out something that had been thrown out of the driver's side of the fleeing vehicle. McCoy said he retrieved a plastic bag of marijuana from the roadway.
Deputies said they searched the stopped car and questioned Humphreys. According to the arrest report, Humphreys said he threw the marijuana out the window because he was afraid of going to jail.
The deputies also reported finding a .22-caliber, semiautomatic handgun with the serial number filed or otherwise altered.
Humphreys was charged with fleeing and eluding police, possession of an altered firearm and possession of marijuana. He also received 11 traffic citations.
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