NEWBERRY ‒ Belsar Francisco Cruz Vicente, 28, of Trenton, was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly hit another vehicle head-on in Newberry and then fled on foot.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call at about 8:45 p.m. about a vehicle swerving all over the road and then hitting another vehicle head-on in the area of 1800 Southwest State Road 45 in Newberry. The driver of the swerving vehicle fled from the scene of the crash on foot. A witness said he chased him west on Southwest 15th Avenue, but lost sight of him.

At about 10 p.m., deputies saw Cruz Vicente walking in the 25900 block of W. Newberry Road but lost sight of him. At about 10:30 p.m., Cruz Vicente was located by deputies in the 25900 block of Southwest 1st Avenue in Newberry. In a search incidental to the arrest, deputies reportedly found a baggie with 0.3 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine.

Cruz Vicente was reportedly positively identified as the driver of the vehicle in the crash and confirmed to be the registered owner of that vehicle.

Vicente has a federal criminal history and also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear at a hearing on a case in which he was charged with driving without a valid license.

Vicente has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage and cocaine possession. He is being held on $15,000 bail on those charges and on $2,000 bail on the failure to appear charge.

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