NEW PORT RICHEY
Wild ride ends with driver in county jail
He drove by the trooper Thursday afternoon with his seat belt unbuckled, deputies say, pointing and laughing. When Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jose Lima pulled behind Isidro Martinez's 2001 Kia to stop him, an FHP report says, Martinez hit the gas. Martinez, 38, of 4601 Rowe Drive weaved in the road and once panic-stopped to make the trooper rear-end him, the report says. He stuck a bag of food out of the window and chucked it back at the patrol car, the report says, and then he tossed a knife behind him. Martinez stopped again, the report says, and hurled a pack of cans at a bystander sitting on a sidewalk bench. Martinez rounded a corner onto eastbound State Road 54, where a Pasco County sheriff's deputy saw the chase and caught up. They turned north on Thys Road, where the deputy tried to pass Martinez in an attempt to get ahead and stop him. But Martinez swerved at the deputy, the report says, nearly running the patrol car off the road. The deputy hung back. The chase continued onto Voorhees Road, where the trooper, with permission from his shift supervisor, rammed the runaway Kia, stopping it. Martinez was taken to the county jail and charged with obstructing an officer with violence, throwing a deadly missile at or into an occupied vehicle, and fleeing or eluding at a high speed or with wanton disregard. He remained in jail in lieu of more than $20,000 bail.
Keg party will help kick off latest beer
Big Storm Brewing Co., the microbrewery in the West Pasco Industrial Park, is hosting a kick-off party today for its second flagship beer, Oats In Hose. The oatmeal stout hits local bars early next week. The first keg will be tapped at 4 p.m., and a food truck will arrive an hour later. The brewery is at 2438 Merchant Ave., Suite 103. Visit www.bigstormbrewery.com or call (727) 807-7998 for information.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Church will host veterans service
Redeemer Community Church is hosting a Veterans Day service Sunday to honor all military members from Pasco County. The church will dedicate a new stone monument including medallions of all five service branches. Guest speakers will include state Rep.-elect Mike Fasano, Rep. Richard Corcoran and Marine 1st Sgt. William Bodette of Clearwater. Bodette, a Clearwater native, has starred in several documentaries on the Military and History channels. The service begins at 10:45 a.m. at the church, 9230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. For more information, call (727) 842-5278.
For some, it'll just drive you crazy
A shocker in its time, Beyond Therapy comes off as more silly than groundbreaking in the show at Stage West. Review, Page 3