BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tristan George Predny Kalas, 22, was arrested last night after allegedly running a red light on Newberry Road near the Oaks Mall at 80 mph, then turning off his car lights and accelerating to 100 mph as he drove west.
An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop on Kalas at about 11 p.m. after he allegedly drove through a red light outside the mall at about 80 mph. The deputy wrote that Kalas narrowly missed hitting a turning car and that his speed “created extreme danger for the general public.”
Kalas allegedly drove through the parking lot of the Chevron at 7500 W. Newberry Road and into the parking lot of the Quality Inn. He allegedly turned off his car’s lights and drove at high speeds through the parking lot, where pedestrian traffic is common. Kalas allegedly drove around the building, then back onto Newberry Road going west at speeds reaching 100 mph, with his lights still off. The car was successfully stopped after about 2 miles, in the 8900 block of W. Newberry Road.
Kalas was charged with reckless driving and fleeing a traffic stop with disregard for the safety of others. He has no local criminal history; bail information is unavailable on weekends.
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