Gainesville Police say a routine briefing for officers at GPD headquarters was interrupted Sunday by a driver who nearly hit several parked cars in the lot, and was arrested soon after he fled the Northwest Eighth Avenue scene.
John Broskey, 33, was charged with fleeing and attempting to elude an officer and with resisting a law enforcement official without violence.
In a release, GPD said Broskey drove into the department’s south parking lot late afternoon Sunday, almost hitting several cars. He stopped short of hitting an officer’s parked car, and was said to have begun yelling at the officer. When told to leave his car, Broskey refused and accelerated through the lot, toward the area where more officers were standing outside for a briefing, the release said.
In doing so, he drove over the curbs and bushes, which serve as a barrier between GPD headquarters and the Rails to Trails. He continued down the trails path, driving over and damaging traffic barriers and a stop sign, until his car puttered out at 100 NE Seventh Ave.
Officers say Broskey told them he had been smoking methamphetamine, and wanted to get some help. Broskey said he tried to get attention at the county jail, and when that failed, he purposefully sped by law enforcement cars on the highway.
Broskey said when that didn’t work, he resorted to driving through GPD’s headquarters.
He was arrested and was booked in the Alachua County Jail.