Man drove into pedestrian, police car, GPD says


Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.

A man parked at a gas station intentionally drove into a pedestrian and knocked him over Wednesday night before fleeing and later crashing into a police car, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Brian R. Alstodt, 54, of Gainesville, was parked in a Honda Odyssey minivan at a gas pump at the Kangaroo at 20 NE Waldo Road at around 9 p.m. when an 18-year-old man walked into the store’s parking lot.

Alstodt drove his vehicle straight at the man, who was able to jump on the hood of the van and roll onto the ground, police said.

The man, who was bruised on his left side and had a laceration on his left wrist, later told police that when Alstodt — whom he does not know — drove at him, he had an angry look on his face.

Witnesses told police Alstodt was sitting at a gas pump for about 30 seconds, not pumping gas or exiting his vehicle, before he drove straight at the victim.

Alstodt then hit and damaged a vehicle parked at the store before driving off, according to a report.

Officer Jeff Bailey pursued Alstodt from the Waldo Road and East University Avenue area to the 700 block of Northwest 17th Street, where Alstodt intentionally drove into another GPD vehicle operated by Sgt. Barry Kays, according to the report.

Both vehicles were disabled, and both Alstodt and Kays received minor injuries. Alstodt was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital for treatment, while Kays was treated at the scene.

Alstodt told investigators he thought someone was after him.

He was arrested on charges of attempted murder, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

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