Man arrested after stealing car and crashing it


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Allen Curtis Tate, Jr., 35, was arrested last night after allegedly stealing a car, driving away at high speed, and causing a crash with injuries.

The victim told a Gainesville Police Department officer that she saw Tate at the Circle K at NE Waldo Road and E. University Avenue and offered to give him a ride because she hadn’t seen him in a while. She reportedly said that she told Tate she needed to run a few errands, but when she got out of the car at the Circle K at Main Street and 39th Avenue at 10:09 p.m., Tate got into the driver’s seat and drove southbound on Main Street at a high rate of speed.

Tate was reportedly located a short time later after allegedly causing a multiple-car crash with injuries at the intersection of NW 6th Street and NW 8th Avenue, where he was arrested.

Tate has seven felony convictions and 14 misdemeanor convictions. He has been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and is being held on $35,000 bail.

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  • Main & 39th… isn’t that east of 34th?
    No wonder city and county leaders and their lemmings are against Springs County. It would severely cause an increase in crime per capita should it come to fruition.

    It won’t happen but it doesn’t hurt to hope.

  • Sell the courthouses and DA offices, and move them to Taccachale. With no AC until crime rates fall by 90%. Problem solved.

  • The poor fellow looks mad. Should have just called a social worker to assist him. He’s just down on his luck I bet, a few good handouts, a free hotel room for a week or two will have him back in action. Maybe one of the compassionate city commissioners could take him in? Probably be a good babysitter for jobless Poe so he can find a job. Would probably do real well there in his single family dwelling. He’s human/safe, just needs counseling.

    • LOL. Or Ward could take him in and protect him with his guns, like the one he used when he chased off the couple he owed money to.

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