Police: Man caught after foot chase charged with stealing scooter


Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.

A foot chase Monday night led to the arrest of a Gainesville man on suspicion of stealing a scooter, among other charges.

Police arrested Contravious A. Bedford, 21, just before midnight Tuesday on two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges, respectively: grand theft of a motor vehicle, eluding a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence and driving without a license.

A Gainesville Police Department officer saw Bedford and a passenger riding a motorized scooter without a tag light late Monday night, according to an arrest report.

The officer turned on the lights and siren on her marked police car and tried to pull the scooter over.

Bedford kept driving for another five blocks until he ran a stop sign and crashed in the 500 block of Northeast 17th Terrace, according to the report. The officer yelled for the two men to stop, but they took off on foot.

The officer chased the passenger and caught him. Another GPD officer was nearby and saw Bedford running from the crash. The second officer caught Bedford after chasing him on foot.

A tag check showed the scooter had been stolen. Bedford also had never had a Florida driver's license.

Bedford was booked into the Alachua County Jail at about 1 a.m. Tuesday and remained there Tuesday afternoon in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

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