Alachua Mayor Accused Of Attacking Driver & Using Racial Slurs While Drunk
ALACHUA - A North Central Florida mayor stands accused of attacking a man and using racial slurs. A truck driver asked the mayor of Alachua for directions. He says that's when things got ugly.
Timothy Dixon is not from around here. He's from Memphis Tennessee but due to his job as a truck driver he travels around the country. However, the last thing he says he expected at a stop here in the City of Alachua was a cold welcome from the mayor.
Dixon works for Transcarriers. He was on his way to deliver a load to the Dollar General Distribution Center in Alachua when he got lost along the way. So he decided to ask for directions. "I got close to a no clearance bridge and I was getting ready to turn around a gentleman in a white pick-up came and told me, yeah this happens all the time," Dixon said.
Dixon says a BMW also pulled up, but instead of lending him a hand, Dixon says this man insulted him, called him racial slurs and even shoved him. Shortly afterwards people recognized the man as Gib Coerper, the mayor of Alachua.
Dixon said, "And I was like, you're the mayor? And he said yeah, i am the mayor… yeah and I'll kick your black ***. But by then I realized he was under the influence." According to Dixon the mayor was intoxicated; he says he knew because he could smell it on Coerper's breath.
A couple of Alachua residents I spoke to say they've known the mayor for many years and would never see him doing something like that. While none of the residents were willing to go on-camera for personal reasons, another resident told me that the reason so many truck drivers get lost out here is due to the lack of signage. "This happens all the time and another guy told me that I could get up under the bridge, but of course I wasn't going to try. So maybe they need to change their signs or change the address," Dixon added.
While the incident happened within city limits, the Alachua Police Department turned the case over to the sheriff's office due to the conflict of interest. According to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation is not complete. There are no charges against mayor Coerper, however investigators are still interviewing witnesses so that may change.
Dixon said, "Hopefully justice will be served because he pushed me, he violated me, and he called me racial names. And instead of me beating him up, you know cause i am in the military and trained to fight and using my physical skills on him, I decided to practice my mental skills and do this the right way."
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is currently gathering information to see if there is probable cause for an arrest.
We did reach out to City Hall and the Sheriff's Office, but both declined an interview due to pending investigation.
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