Deputies chase, nab Hawthorne teen in stolen truck

Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.

Deputies arrested a Hawthorne teen Saturday afternoon after chasing him while he drove a truck that had been reported stolen, according to a report.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s deputy saw William Leon Keen, 19, of 20721 SE 155th Ave., at 4:30 p.m. behind the wheel of a 1988 GMC pickup that had been reported stolen. Keen refused to get out of the truck, telling the deputy, “You’ll just have to catch me,” as his mother stood at the driver’s-side door, the report said.

Keen then drove off in a reckless manner toward U.S. 301. Deputies said he had been drinking the previous night and into the day on Saturday.

The deputy chased him until Keen drove into a ditch at Southeast 162nd Terrace and Southeast 207 Terrace. Keen got out and was carrying a gallon jug, the report said. He was arrested.

Keen was violent toward deputies and EMS workers, calling several of them racial slurs and saying that the judge will not do anything and he’ll be right back out to cause havoc again.

Deputies discovered that Keen’s license had been revoked in February for failure to commit to a substance-abuse class and for five suspensions and five revocations.

Keen was arrested on charges of burglary of a vehicle, resisting arrest and driving while a license was suspended on a third of subsequent offense. He was being held on Sunday at the Alachua County jail on $22,000 bond.

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