A Micanopy man was arrested after leading a deputy on a brief chase on a stolen Moped in McIntosh.
Christopher Todd Richardson, 33, was charged with fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer with lights and sirens, grand theft of a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended or revoked license, obstruction without violence, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy conducting traffic enforcement in the area of 9th Street and Avenue 4 observed a black Moped driving southbound on the sidewalk on the east side of 9th Street. The Moped, operated by Richardson, left the sidewalk and began traveling east on Avenue E before heading south through a grass field. The deputy observed that the moped did not have a tag attached to it, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The deputy activated the emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. Richardson continued traveling southbound through the field, entered Avenue F and traveled eastbound. He then turned north onto 8th Street. The deputy activated the siren as Richardson accelerated. He failed to stop at a stop signat Avenue E and continued northbound, crossing over Avenue C before reaching a dead end, the report said.
Richardson then abandoned the moped and fled on foot northbound. The deputy gave Richardson clear verbal commands, advising “Sheriff’s Office stop” three times. Richardson continued running northbound until the deputy caught up with him in the area of 210th Street and 59th Avenue, according to the report.
Richardson was searched before being placed in the patrol card and he handed over a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance that field tested positive for TCH, the active ingredient in marijuana. A records check revealed the Moped was reported stolen in Gainesville, the report said.
Richardson said he saw the deputy sitting in the patrol car while he was riding on the sidewalk. He said because of the deputy’s presence, he left the sidewalk and started traveling down the road. Richardson said when he saw the deputy following behind him in the grass field, he “hit the gas.” He said he never saw the deputy’s lights, according to the report.
Richardson later said, “I was just trying to get away man. I ain’t going to lie to you.” When asked who the moped belongs to, he said he didn’t know, and that he didn’t know it was stolen. When asked about his driver’s license, Richardson said he got a learner’s permit but never went back to get his license, the report said.
Richardson was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released last Tuesday on $11,500 bond. A court date has not been set.