Man drove into crowd that surrounded his car, police say


Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.

Police arrested a Gainesville man Saturday hours after they say he drove a car back and forth into a group of people who had surrounded his vehicle, hitting one of them.

The driver, Philip Tyler Hunter, 22, then drove off, leaving the injured person behind, according to a Gainesville Police report.

Hunter was at 101 SW First Ave. around 2 a.m. when he got into an altercation with a number of people who surrounded his vehicle and began to pound on it, the officer who reviewed video surveillance footage of the incident said in a report.

Hunter, of 11205 NW 15th Place, backed up his vehicle then drove into Christopher Vargas of High Springs, knocking him onto the hood of his car, the report said. Hunter then stopped suddenly and Vargas fell face-first onto the pavement.

Hunter drove off without helping the victim or contacting law enforcement. Vargas had minor injuries, the report said.

Hunter was arrested around 6 p.m. Saturday on charges of aggravated battery and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

Police said a sworn complaint was filed against Jason Roig, 33, who the report said opened the door to Hunter’s vehicle and punched him in the face during the incident. Police said sworn complaints were filed against Dylan Zeenberg, 30, and Vargas, 20, who intentionally damaged Hunter’s vehicle during the incident.

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