Pair arrested for racing on University Avenue


Marderial Jermon Fairley, 33, and Nathaniel Perry Williams, 32, were arrested early on April 3 for racing on University Avenue and attempting to elude a police officer. Fairley had additional charges that included drug possession and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

At 4:22 a.m. Sunday morning, a Gainesville Police Department officer saw a black Dodge Charger and yellow Chevrolet Camaro turn onto W. University Avenue in the 900 block, immediately accelerating to 65 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer turned on his lights and chirped his siren, but the two cars sped up to an estimated 85 mph in an area with many pedestrians at that time of night. The officer did not continue to pursue them but located the cars and their drivers a short time later at the Wawa on E. University Avenue. Both drivers were arrested without incident.

Williams was charged with attempting to elude a police officer, racing on highways, and reckless driving, and was released on his own recognizance.

A search of Fairley’s car produced 4.8 grams of THC edibles, 23.8 grams of MDMA, 13.5 grams of cocaine, an Adderall pill, and one live round of ammunition. $3,918 cash was found in his pocket. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than 20g of marijuana, trafficking in MDMA, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, attempting to elude a police officer, racing on highways, driving without a valid license, reckless driving, and driving without a valid license plate. He is being held on $198,000 bail.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Released after racing at 65-85 mph on University Avenue, attempting to elude a police officer…
    He could have easily killed someone. (Someone’s college-age UF son or daughter, or any kind of person not expecting a car to fly by at that speed. University Ave. is not the interstate…) I am pretty sure I have seen these two racing on NW 13th St. between 10th Ave. and 16th Blvd. before. The yellow Camaro for sure. Unless there’s a police officer that happens to be right there, forget it. By the time I pulled over safely to call GPD, they were long gone, so I just took a deep breath and got back on the road and drove home. The lawlessness in our city is getting scary.

  • State Attorney doesn’t care… Felonies and ROR… It never used to be this way but somehow Gainesville has become little Chicago… Did you know the car could have been seized due to it’s use during a felony? Indeed it can, as long as the car is paid off. Driver needs to have his license cancelled. Oh wait, nothing would happen to him anyway after he got caught again… move on, nothing to see here!

  • WTF don’t they know by their 30s how to obey speed limits? Oh yeah… nevermind.

    • I didn’t see any racism in the previous comments. But now you have thrown it into the conversation.

      • He probably got a mask on because
        He’s afraid of catching Covid or so he can’t be identified when committing a crime with his hoodie on….

  • Waiting for the city commission and their overkill of a way to prevent this from happening again.

    • More speed bumps? They are trying slowing them down with more pot holes…

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