BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sarah L Harless, 40, whose listed address is GRACE Marketplace, was arrested yesterday morning for violating the County’s ordinance on panhandling in a median.
At about 9:50 a.m yesterday, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy reportedly watched Harless walk to the median at 7600 W. Newberry Road, place her personal belongings on the ground, and take out a cardboard sign that said, “Help me today. Jesus bleeds love.”
The deputy wrote that he had issued Harless a verbal warning the previous week, so he used the public announcement speaker on his patrol car to order her to leave the median. Harless allegedly responded by giving him “the bird” while remaining in the median.
The deputy wrote that as he drove toward the median, Harless gathered her belongings and began to walk away, continuing across two lanes of traffic while he ordered her to stop. He then reportedly stopped traffic with his patrol vehicle and ordered her to stop; when she complied, he arrested her.
Following a search incident to arrest, Harless reportedly had a social security card that didn’t belong to her, a Bradford County Sheriff’s ID card that did not belong to her, a driver’s license that did not belong to her, and multiple small hand tools that could be used as burglary tools.
Harless was charged with violation of a County ordinance and released on her own recognizance.
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