Man on stolen motorcycle led police on chase, reports say


Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.

A man broke into a Gainesville motorcycle dealership Tuesday night, slipped past police officers responding to a burglar alarm, then roared off on a stolen bike, according to reports.

The man eventually was captured in the city of Alachua by police who first had to hit him with a Taser then douse him with pepper spray.

Sometime around 9 p.m., Gainesville Police responded to a burglar alarm at Streit’s Motorsports at 4820 NW 13th St. and found a man trying to get a bike out a door.

Mike Jones, owner of Streit’s, said the suspect had cut a hole in the side of the building and had snatched up a helmet, jacket and other items including the store’s petty cash.

The suspect, later identified as Joseph Platt, 44, of Live Oak, had cut off padlocks on a roll-up door and was wheeling out a Yamaha R1 bike, valued at $14,000, Jones said.

He somehow managed to elude the police and sped off heading south in the northbound lanes of 13th Street, according to a GPD report.

Police chased Platt to Alachua where he drove on the wrong side of the road and struck a police car on NW 148 Place, according to a Alachua Police report.

Platt ran off and refused commands to stop, so pursuing police hit him with a Taser. He got back up and ran off, striking a police officer in the shoulder. The officer hit him with pepper spray but Platt kept on running, the report states. He eventually was arrested on NW 147th Place.

Platt was arrested on numerous charges including burglary, possession of burglary tools, grand theft of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest with violence, fleeing and eluding police and driving with a suspended licence.

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