Gainesville man accused of fighting with police

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 9:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 9:51 a.m.

A Gainesville man being arrested initially on the misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license made his situation much worse, police say, by punching an officer and running away.

Tierrell Jernard Jenkins, 29, of 4454 SW 20th Lane, was taken to jail on four felony charges.

Jenkins was pulled over for speeding just before midnight Thursday, according to the Gainesville Police Department. Officer Shawn Hardman said a check of Jenkins' driver license showed it had been suspended since October. While Hardman was trying to arrest Jenkins, police said he began swinging at the officer and hitting her with his closed fist. Then, Jenkins broke free.

Police officers chased him into a nearby home. Two occupants later told them they did not know Jenkins.

Another officer, Daniel Abbott, caught Jenkins as he ran out of the house. Abbott said Jenkins also took swings at him before being tackled and handcuffed.

Jenkins was booked into the Alachua County jail on two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, burglary of an occupied dwelling, resisting officers with and without violence, and knowingly driving on a suspended license.

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