Woman says Patrol car hit, then ran
An 18-year-old woman called authorities Sunday night after a Pasco Sheriff's Office cruiser hit her car on U.S. 19, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. But supervisors at the Sheriff's Office found no damage to any patrol cars on duty that night.
Brittani Jones of Holiday told Highway Patrol troopers that a patrol car crossed all three lanes of traffic, going from right to left, about 10:50 p.m. on northbound U.S. 19 at Darlington Road.
The patrol car struck the front bumper of her Mitsubishi Eclipse while changing lanes, causing about $400 in damage, she said.
Jones turned on her hazard lights and got out of her car to try to stop the deputy, she told Highway Patrol, but the patrol car instead turned on its emergency lights and made a U-turn to go south.
Jones told officers the patrol car had a dent on its back bumper. Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said deputies are checking the locations of every patrol car at the time of the incident. "Sometimes, other agencies' vehicles are mistaken for ours, and vice versa," he added.
Motorcyclist seriously hurt in U.S. 19 crash
A 65-year-old motorcyclist was hospitalized with serious injuries Monday after crashing on U.S. 19, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Moton T. Judy of Hudson was driving north on U.S. 19 near Country Club Drive at 1:16 p.m. when he tried to brake for traffic, the patrol said. Instead, Judy lost control and the motorcycle flipped, throwing him from the bike. No other vehicles were involved.
Judy was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he remained in critical condition Monday evening.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Former teacher is charged with DUI
A former elementary school teacher was arrested late Friday morning, accused of driving under the influence of pain medication with three children in her van, according to a Pasco Sheriff's Office report.
Authorities charged Tina Adams, 44, with DUI and child neglect.
A deputy pulled Adams over after spotting her swerving across several northbound lanes on Little Road near Fox Hollow Drive, the report said.
After a short pursuit, Adams stopped her van on the left side of the road, the report said. She got out and nearly fell to the ground; meanwhile, the van started to roll toward the deputy's patrol car, the report said. The deputy parked the van and arrested Adams.
She later told another deputy that she had taken clonazepam, an antianxiety medication, the painkiller oxycodone and the antidepressive medication Prozac, the report said.
She resigned her post at Denham Oaks Elementary School in Lutz last August, said Bryan Jack, the supervisor of employee relations for Pasco schools. Adams, of 19518 Lake Osceola Lane in Odessa, was released from the jail just before midnight Friday on $5,250 bail.
Couple arrested after son, 2, found in street
Police arrested a New Port Richey couple Saturday after their 2 1/2-year-old son was found wandering in the street in his diaper, a T-shirt and no shoes.
Lynn Derstine, 43, and Melissa Pouti, 33, were both charged with child neglect. Derstine and Pouti remained in the Pasco County Jail on Monday in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Police arrived at the couple's home at 6639 Candice Lane after witnesses reported that the toddler was walking in the street. Several other witnesses told police that they had found the child roaming the street without his parents about a month ago.
According to the arrest report, Derstine and Pouti didn't know the child was missing from the home. Police also found the home to be "dangerous and dirty," including feces and dead bugs on the floor and walls. The child and his 1-year-old brother were subsequently removed from the home, according to the report.