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Florida guard Erving Walker fined $301 for stealing $3 taco

Florida's Erving Walker is hard to catch. (Chris Carlson/AP)

But unfortunately for Walker, he may now be remembered most for the lengthy police chase he led last month — all for a $3 taco.

Walker, 22, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor petit theft charges in Alachua County Court after he stole a $3 taco from a Gainesville street vendor at 1 a.m. on March 30. He was fined $301.

Gainesville Police Department officers chased him on foot, following him onto University Avenue where one officer yelled, “Police! Stop!” Walker turned, saw the officers pursuing him and continued to run. When he was caught and arrested several blocks later, Walker admitted to the theft and said he was “just playing around.”

“It was just a silly mistake,” Walker said after his court appearance Thursday. “I apologize to everybody. I’m embarrassed about it. That’s not me. I’m just trying to put it behind me and move on.”

Walker averaged 12 points and nearly five assists to help lead the Gators on a surprising run to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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