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BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Corby Jay Richardson, Jr., 43, of Summerfield, was arrested yesterday morning after allegedly chasing a car down Newberry Road until it crashed into a ditch, then getting out and threatening to kill the women in the car.
Richardson had allegedly gotten into a road rage incident in the county and had been driving recklessly, and the women in the car had witnessed the incidents. Richardson noticed them watching him and allegedly began aggressively chasing them east on Newberry Road at about 9:45 a.m., starting near the intersection with NW 84th Street and ending when the women ran off the roadway into a ditch near NW 34th Street.
Richardson reportedly drove past the crash at first, but then circled back. Multiple people stopped to help the two women, who were injured and trapped in their vehicle. Richardson allegedly got out of his car and moved toward the crashed car, yelling, “that’s what you get” and “I’ll kill you.”
A bystander who was afraid Richardson would harm the women stood between Richardson and the crashed car. Richardson allegedly began yelling at the bystander to mind his own business, then punched him in the mouth. Richardson then reportedly fled the scene. However, Richardson reportedly drove back by the scene, and the bystander pointed him out to Gainesville Police Department officers, who were able to complete a traffic stop near the intersection of Newberry Road and NW 43rd Street.
Richardson allegedly refused to let officers approach him or pat him down for weapons, stated that he was not detained, and refused to comply with commands. He also allegedly tried to punch an officer, but the punch was blocked, and Richardson was taken to the ground and eventually Tased and handcuffed around 11:00 a.m.
Post Miranda, Richardson reportedly said, “when they passed by me going 80 I decided to follow them to stop them from hurting anyone. It’s hard work.” Richardson has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, simple battery, and resisting arrest without violence. He is being held on $120,000 bond.
The two women were transported to the hospital and are expected to recover.
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