BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Travis Lamont Hale, 43, was arrested Thursday morning after yelling at a police officer and resisting arrest after the officer asked him for his identification.
A Gainesville Police Department officer wrote that she was turning right in the 300 block of E. University Avenue when Hale almost ran into her patrol car. The pedestrian signal showed a red hand, indicating that pedestrians should not cross. The officer got out to speak with Hale, and she reported that he immediately began saying very loudly that she almost hit him. She explained that he didn’t have the right of way because of the signal, but he continued yelling and refused to provide identification. She wrote that after a crowd formed because of his yelling, she told him he was under arrest for disorderly conduct, but he reportedly stiffened up and resisted being placed in handcuffs. The officer wrote that her intention was to get his identification information so she could give him a pedestrian warning for not following the pedestrian signal.
Hale has six felony convictions, three for violent crimes. He was charged with violating a county ordinance for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, but the judge at his first appearance determined there was no probable cause for the disorderly conduct charge. Hale entered a plea of nolo contendere to the charge of resisting arrest at first appearance and was fined $276 in court costs.
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