GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two men were arrested Wednesday for multiple crimes when they tried to run from police after a routine traffic stop, the Gainesville Police Department said.
Mark Williams, 36, fled from police when officers tried to pull him over for driving with a broken headlight, officials said.
Authorities said it appeared that Williams was pulling over into Lakewood Villas, but instead made a three-point turn in the parking lot, nearly striking an officer’s cruiser and driving in the path of another cruiser, which had to swerve out of the way to avoid a crash.
Williams fled south on 62nd Boulevard, police said.
Officers found Williams’ car crashed into a fence line on the corner of 20th Avenue and Southwest 62nd Boulevard, police said.
Officers said they found a passenger, 44-year-old Ceasar Brown, still in the car, but Williams had run into nearby woods.
Brown cooperated with police but claimed that he knew Williams only by his first name.
Brown was arrested after police discovered an active warrant for his arrest issued by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear in court and warrants from various states, officials said.
Officers found a blunt and .6 grams of crack cocaine on the driver’s side of Williams’ car, officials said.
Williams was arrested as he was leaving the woods along 20th Avenue, not realizing that he was walking directly toward officers.
Williams was arrested without incident, officials said.
Williams is charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of cocaine, possession of 20 grams of cannabis, being habitual traffic offender and on outstanding warrants.