BY JENNIFER CABRERA
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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