Gainesville police in search of man after he fled a traffic stop

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WJCB) - A traffic stop turned police chase ended in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Gainesville.

GPD tried to stop a car around 12:30 p.m. for speeding. The driver fled at the intersection of NW 22nd and 8th Avenue and hit another car before crashing into a power pole.

The driver then ran away.

GPD deployed K9 units but were not able to find the suspect. They do believe they know his identity.

Traffic is being diverted as crews replace the damaged pole.