Police say man drove drunk without license, hit car

Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.

A Gainesville man who police say was driving drunk when he collided with a car and kept on going Tuesday night sped away from officers and ran several red lights because he said he didn't want to go to jail.

William Fountain Hampton, 31, of 4715 NW 30th Terrace, was headed north on Northwest 55th Boulevard at 11:33 p.m. when he passed a Gainesville police officer near the intersection of Northwest 34th Boulevard, according to a report.

Hampton's car had an inoperable headlight, and the officer followed him and saw him drive through a red light at Northwest 23rd Street.

The officer tried to stop him, but he drove off, running another red light at Northwest 13th Street, the report said.

Hampton finally stopped on Northwest 22nd Street, and after police smelled alcohol on his breath, they tested him for DUI.

Hampton told police he did not stop because he did not have a valid driver's license and did not want to go to jail.

Police noticed his car was damaged and that it matched the description of a vehicle sought in a collision that other officers were investigating. In that case, a car ran a red light and hit another car before driving away.

Hampton was arrested on charges of DUI, hit and run, and driving with a suspended license. Hampton's license had been revoked, and he had multiple active suspensions on his record and at least four prior convictions for driving with a suspended license.

He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Wednesday on $45,000 bond.

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