BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Eric Robert Channing, 32, was arrested yesterday and charged with disorderly conduct. This is the eighth time he has been arrested in 2022.
At about 3:08 p.m. on December 15, a Gainesville Police Department officer responded to 1800 W. University Avenue after a caller reported an intoxicated, “highly confrontational” person threatening to kill anyone who confronted him. The officer reportedly told the caller that he was unable to develop probable cause for simple assault and criminal mischief, but then Channing allegedly stepped directly in front of traffic at the intersection of NW 18th Street and NW 1st Avenue, blocking cars from going southbound.
Channing allegedly “flipped everyone off (middle finger)” and yelled “multiple racial slurs,” and officers arrested him and charged him with disorderly conduct.
Channing has two felony convictions; he has been adjudicated guilty in three misdemeanor cases this year, two for trespassing and one for petit theft and trespass without warning; he has been fined $276, $276, and $376 in the three cases but has not paid any of the fines. He has a pending DUI case in Charlotte County. Charges have been dropped in a November case in which he was arrested for setting fires at a bus stop, charges have been dropped in an October case in which he was arrested for attempted robbery, and charges have been dropped in an August case in which he was arrested for burning another man with a cigarette. Judge Walter Green set bail at $1,000.
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