Man arrested after high-speed chase on Newberry Road


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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  • Reckless endangerment with multiple counts of attempted manslaughter!
    He easily could of destroyed a number of families and children.
    License permanently suspended and incarceration with no parole possibly for at least 3 years.
    Strong message must be sent.

    • A study published by a conservative criminal justice reform organization concludes that Florida should bring back parole.
      Florida eliminated parole for most offenses in 1983, then abolished it entirely in the mid-1990s.

    • Good job apprehending this guy, officers. This idiot driver needs to lose the car, his license and spend serious time in jail. Not some weekend work release or ankle bracelet slap on the wrist. The TV20 dash cam video is terrifying because he would have killed any innocent person who happened to step out from between cars in the Quality Inn parking area.

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