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Bucs lineman cited in SUV crash



TAMPA -- A Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup offensive lineman crashed another player's Porsche SUV into a classic muscle car that was parked in a family's driveway, authorities said.

Backup tackle Donald Penn was cited in Monday's crash. He he was driving a 2005 Porsche Cayenne owned by Bucs defensive lineman Greg Spires, according to an accident report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

No one was hurt in the accident, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. on S Lagoon Street in the Town 'N Country area west of Tampa International Airport.

Penn failed to stop at an intersection, went off the road and into a yard, and slammed into a red 1965 Oldsmobile 442, the report said. The Oldsmobile was knocked into the house at 8807 S Lagoon St., causing minor damage to a wall. The Porsche SUV also crashed into a parked Dodge truck.

The Olds and the Dodge are owned by the family who lives in the house, which is near the intersection of W Hillsborough Avenue and Memorial Highway. Spires lives nearby on Troydale Drive, the report said.

Penn, 24, was cited for careless driving and failure to obtain a Florida driver's license. The crash report notes that Spires has insurance for the Porsche.

On the Buccaneers, Penn backs up tackles Luke Petitgout and Jeremy Trueblood. The team signed Penn last October from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad after offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker was placed on injured reserve.

-- Mike Brassfield, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:49pm]


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