Traffic stop yields stolen car, drug arrests

Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

Two Gainesville men were arrested Tuesday night after police said one admitted he stole a rental car from California and the other was found with a bag of cocaine in his underwear at the county jail.

The Gainesville Police Department gave this account: Officer Shawn Hardman pulled over a car for reckless driving through the CVS parking lot at 1621 SW 13th St. at 11:22 p.m.

All three people inside the car then got out and started walking away.

Hardman told them to stop, and two of the men stayed, but a third man ran off. As she chased him, one of the other men ran off, only to return about 30 minutes later.

One of the passengers, Beau Bright, 35, at first gave Hardman a false name before correctly identifying himself. The car was reported stolen last week from an AVIS outlet in Bakersfield, Calif., and Bright admitted he had rented the vehicle and did not return it.

The driver, Deangelo Pendleton, 24, had run off after the initial stop and later was found by a police dog hiding in a nearby woods behind Holiday Gardens. He told police he ran because he didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Police found a small bag of cocaine at the scene where Pendleton was standing, but he denied it was his.

Pendleton was taken to North Florida Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Once he was brought to the jail, staffers found a small bag of cocaine still hidden in his underwear despite numerous opportunities for him to discard it.

Bright was arrested on charges of grand theft auto, resisting arrest without violence and giving a false identity to a law enforcement officer. He was being held Tuesday at the Alachua County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Pendleton was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, introduction of contraband into the jail, resisting arrest without violence and having no valid driver’s license. He was being held at the jail in lieu of $9,500 bond.

The third man in the car was not apprehended.

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