It’s an incredibly bizzare case.
Former Florida Gators’ guard Erving Walker was arrested for allegedly stealing a $3 taco from a street vendor and running from police.
Gainesville, Fla., police charged Walker with petty theft (retail) and resisting an officer without violence. They’re misdemeanors.
According to The Palm Beach Post, Walker — who just finished his senior season with the Gators — wasn’t jailed. But he was given a notice to appear in court in a case that’s guaranteed to cost more in legal fees than the total value of the taco.
Police said Walker ordered the taco from a downtown Gainesville street vendor. Then he allegedly ran away without paying. Walker just kept going when a Gainesville police officer yelled for him to stop.
Now the case gets even more interesting. The arresting officer finally caught Walker with help from “several marked patrol cars.” Keep in mind that several police cars are now involved in a chase over a $3 taco.
When the police finally caught up with Walker about three blocks away, he told them he was “just playing around.” Walker reportedly told police that when he ran off with the taco, “he knew that he had not paid for it and that he was stealing food.”
Walker played for the Gators for four years. He averaged 12.1 points and 4.6 assists per game this year while helping Florida reach the Elite Eight.
Walker set a University of Florida record with 547 assists during his career. He finished fourth in points with 1,777 and he was ninth in steals with 159. (Basketballs, not tacos.)
Walker is scheduled to appear in court on April 19.