BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jeremiah Hosea Brown, Sr., 41, was arrested last night and charged with fleeing, resisting arrest, and driving without a valid license after two former K-9 handlers found him hiding under a vehicle.
At about 6:15 p.m. last night, a Gainesville Police Department officer attempted a traffic stop on a scooter at 3100 NE 15th Street for a stop sign violation; the scooter also did not have a working taillight or tag lights. The scooter reportedly did not stop, continued for a number of blocks of NE 15th Street, and ran a red light at NE 23rd Avenue. After crossing that intersection, the driver of the scooter reportedly drove into a yard in the 2200 block of NE 15th Street, then jumped off the scooter and fled on foot through the backyard of a residence.
Two former K-9 handlers who are now working patrol found Brown hiding under a vehicle in a driveway. Former GPD K-9 handlers still drive marked K-9 vehicles and bring their dogs with them during their shifts, but the dogs cannot be deployed.
Post Miranda, Brown reportedly said he did not stop because he has a suspended license and was scared. He reportedly said he did not know who owned the scooter or how he got it.
Brown has three prior convictions for driving with a suspended license. He has five felony convictions for drug charges and has served three state prison sentences, with his most recent release in June 2022. A sworn complaint was filed against him today for possession of a controlled substance and driving without a valid license, but he has not appeared before a judge on those charges.
Judge Walter Green set bail at $15,000.
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