GPD: Fleeing driver wanted time to smoke his crack

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.

A Gainesville man stopped late Saturday following a police chase told officers, according to an arrest report, that he had not pulled over initially because he wanted to smoke the crack he had just bought before going to jail.

At the end of the chase, the Gainesville Police Department arrested Kenneth P. Stine, 53, on charges of fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating his felony drug probation.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said officers tried to pull over a blue pickup in the 1000 block of Southeast Fourth Street because it had only one working headlight. Officers said they turned on their lights and sirens when the pickup driver ran a red light at Southeast 16th Avenue.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputy joined the chase on U.S. 441, Valuri said, and followed the truck until it pulled into the Kangaroo gas station on U.S. 441 in Micanopy.

The truck driver was identified as Stine. He told police and deputies that he stopped his truck because it had run out of gas. He also said he had just bought crack and was trying to smoke it before he went to jail, the police report stated.

According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Stine was sentenced to two years of drug offender probation in 2010.

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