BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Keith Dawayne Puryear, 41, of Ocala, was arrested early on April 13 after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop.
At about 3:25 a.m. on April 13, a Gainesville Police Department officer saw a car run a stop sign and initiated a traffic stop. The driver made a few turns, then allegedly stopped the car, got out, and ran through a nearby yard. The officer reported that the man was holding a gun in his hand as he fled.
Multiple units responded, including a K9 unit, and a perimeter was set. K9 Stern tracked the man through the woods and found a shoe and a purple Crown Royal bag together on the ground. Both were free of debris and appeared to have been recently dropped there. K9 Stern ultimately found Puryear hiding inside a dog house, reportedly wearing one shoe that matched the shoe that had been found.
The purple bag reportedly contained multiple baggies containing a white substance that field-tested positive for crack cocaine. A 10mm Fusion 1911, also free of debris, was also reportedly later found in the woods. The gun had been reported stolen in Lake County on December 20, 2020.
Puryear was allegedly driving with a suspended license and has been charged with grand theft of a firearm, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer without violence, and knowingly driving with a suspended license. He has 27 felony convictions, 12 misdemeanor convictions, and an outstanding warrant from Marion County. Puryear is being held on $295,000 bail.
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