Man suspected of car theft caught in Alachua after chase


Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

A Gainesville man suspected of stealing a car was captured by police in Alachua late Sunday night after being hit with a Taser shot while trying to run away, a report said.

Carlton Jerkins, 33, of 635 SW 11th Lane, was driving in the Merrellwood neighborhood of Alachua around 11 p.m. when a police officer searching for a car stolen from Gainesville on Saturday stopped him, according to an Alachua Police Department report.

Jerkins got out of the car at Merrellwood Drive and NW 154th Place, ignored an officer’s order to stop and ran off, the report said. Another officer chased him for around 200 feet before using a Taser to stop him.

Jerkins told officers he ran because he did not have a valid driver’s license. A records check showed that he has had multiple convictions for driving with a suspended license.

Jerkins was arrested on charges of grand theft auto, driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest without violence. He was being held without bond on Tuesday at the Alachua County jail.

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