Driver accused of crashing, fleeing DUI
A Palm Harbor man was arrested Thursday, accused of crashing his truck, fleeing from the accident scene, then reporting his vehicle stolen in order to avoid a drunk driving arrest.
Robert Neal Phillips, 23, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage and making a false report of a crime.
He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and released after posting $400 bail.
Phillips crashed into a yard in his 2002 Nissan Frontier and damaged a stop sign and a road sign about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. He then left the area and called the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to report his truck had been stolen, according to an arrest report.
Phillips later admitted "he was trying to avoid a DUI arrest," the report said.
Author to read at library from new book
Palm Harbor resident and author George Zeller will read from his new book Beyond My Father's Farm at 1 p.m. today at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave.
The book is about growing up on a farm in the 1940s with hard work and a family in turmoil. His father's rule over Zeller and his brother and sister was harsh and cold. Then his mother died of a mysterious illness.
Zeller eventually made discoveries about his father's obsession with the farm, his mother's tragedy and how to forgive.
For information, call (727) 784-3332, extension 3007.