Man arrested after standoff with police


Published: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.

A Gainesville man spotted driving dangerously and refusing to stop for police was arrested early Saturday morning after a standoff of more than an hour, according to an arrest report.

Laquentin Johnson, 24, of 3406 SW 31st Drive, Apt. 24C, was charged by the Gainesville Police Department with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence, driving with a suspended license and fleeing an officer.

The incident began about 12:56 a.m. in the 3300 block of Southwest 34th Street. Officer Ryan Quinn wrote in his report that he spotted Johnson driving southbound on 34th Street and making a U-turn that took him into the travel lane of another driver, who had to brake and swerve to avoid a collision.

Johnson then pulled into the Ridgemar Commons apartment complex at 3611 SW 34th St., police said. Quinn reported that he put on his police lights and siren, but Johnson continued to drive through the parking lot until he came to a fence.

Quinn got out of his cruiser with his gun drawn. He reported that Johnson put his car in reverse and drove toward Quinn, who had to jump out of the way before Johnson’s car hit the police car.

Johnson ran to his apartment at the nearby Serenola Pines complex and slammed the door shut, police said. After a standoff of more than an hour involving numerous officers, Johnson surrendered and was arrested, the report states.

Johnson denied under police questioning that he was the driver of the car, which apparently belongs to his girlfriend.

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