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Date night ends with altercation, hurt feelings, trip to Pasco jail

NEW PORT RICHEY – When Jennifer Lee's husband took her out Tuesday for a few beers and a basket of Beef O'Brady's chicken wings, deputies say, she had a plan for how to spend the rest of the night: a round of mini golf and a motel room.

Her 68-year-old husband, Benjamin Lee, wasn't on board with the plan, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. The motel room would have been $100, he later told deputies. They argued. He nixed the mini golf idea, too, and decided they'd just go home.

Just before 8 p.m., a deputy waiting on a red light at U.S. 19 and Embassy Boulevard spotted the couple in Benjamin Lee's pickup truck, where Jennifer Lee was slapping her husband in the face then grabbed a fistful of his hair and jerked his head around, the report states.

The deputy stopped the truck to talk with the couple. Jennifer Lee, 46, told the deputy that her husband said mean things to her and that she just wanted to play mini golf.

The deputy arrested Jennifer Lee, of New Port Richey, on a charge of battery on a person older than 65. She got a room that night in the Land O'Lakes jail and remained there Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $250 bail.

Contact Alex Orlando at aorlando@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6247.

Date night ends with altercation, hurt feelings, trip to Pasco jail 03/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 7:06pm]

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