Report: Man leads police on 80-mph chase because he was 'bored'

Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:01 p.m.

An 18-year-old Gainesville man on a dirt bike led police on a chase that hit 80 mph Saturday evening before he ditched the bike and was captured hiding in a house, a report said.

Following the chase, which ran through a city soccer field and over several streets, Daron Brown told police he fled because “I was bored.''

Brown, of 113 NE 20th St., was driving a red dirt bike at 6:25 p.m. when he passed Gainesville Police Officer Daniel Abbott, who was parked at 1200 NE 15th St., the report said.

Brown was speeding and driving recklessly, Abbott said, and the bike did not have a license plate. Brown drove south and turned into the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center when he began driving in circles.

Brown then sped back onto Northeast 15th Street where he saw Abbott in his patrol car, then went back into the park and sped west the report said.

Brown exited the park into Northeast 12th Street and went north where another officer tried to stop him as he crossed Northeast 16th Avenue. The chase reached 80-90 mph, the report said.

The driver crossed Northeast 23rd Avenue, went east to Northeast 15th Street then into a yard at 2831 NE 15th St. Brown dropped the bike in the backyard and hid in the house. Police surrounded the house and Brown surrendered.

He acknowledged that he had fled from the police and said he did so because he was bored, the report said.

Brown was arrested on a charge of fleeing police and driving an unregistered vehicle. He was being held Sunday in the Alachua County jail on a $12,000 bond.

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