GPD officer breaks hand during drug arrest


Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.

A Gainesville police officer broke bones in his left hand Wednesday night when he tackled a man who was fleeing a marijuana arrest, according to an arrest report.

Xavier Tyrone Kirksey, 23, of 925 NE 20th St., Apt. B, was loitering at 10:30 p.m. at Gardenia Gardens apartments on Northeast Eighth Avenue, according to a report from the Gainesville Police Department.

The complex has a policy allowing only residents and guests, and Kirksey told police he was staying with a resident in a particular apartment. The resident left that apartment, and Kirksey started running away.

The report states police saw him attempting to discard what appeared to be contraband.

Police tackled Kirksey, who continued to resist. Officer Daniel Beans, who was involved in the arrest, later learned that he had broken bones in his hand.

The report states police found 31.4 grams of marijuana and 20 small plastic bags used to package marijuana next to Kirksey. A small amount of marijuana — which police suspect he discarded while running — was also found.

Under police questioning, Kirksey said he fled because he was scared and that the marijuana was for his own use.

Kirksey was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespass, resisting arrest without violence and resisting arrest with violence.

Kirksey was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday in lieu of $26,000 bond.

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