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Hawthorne man charged with filling woman’s car with water

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Alexander J. Clarke, 46, of Hawthorne, was arrested last night after a woman reported that she found her car full of water.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call yesterday evening from a woman who reported that she had found her car full of water that morning; the water came from a hose that had been struck in the window of the car. She said she believed that Clarke was responsible for the damage because he had been yelling at her from outside her house the previous day, and she heard him say, “I did that” before leaving.

The car was full of standing water, with estimated damage at $300-$500.

The deputy contacted Clarke at his residence, and post Miranda, Clarke said he had become upset with the victim. The deputy reported that he asked if Clarke had put the hose in the car to fill it with water, and Clarke nodded his head in the affirmative and said he did it because he was upset.

Clarke, who has 9 felony convictions, has been charged with criminal mischief between $200 and $1,000 and is being held on $2,000 bail.

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