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Man pulled over by deputy attempts to fake deafness, ends up with DUI charge

Dade City

Hatchet chase ends in prison sentence

A man who was accused of going after his ex-girlfriend with a hatchet pleaded no contest and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Kevin Spruill, 42, of Dade City, was arrested in May after a Pasco deputy spotted him chasing the woman at George & Gladys' Bar-B-Que on U.S. 301. She had gone to a friend's house and Spruill saw her, got into her car, refused to get out and punched her in the face, investigators said.

She stopped the car at the barbecue joint, where she ran and Spruill chased her. Spruill, who has previously served eight prison stints, tried to run from the deputy but was caught.

He pleaded to charges of aggravated assault, battery and violating a domestic violence injunction.

New Port Richey

Man's attempt to fake deafness fails

The deputy asked for his driver's license and the driver motioned that he was deaf. It was about 1:30 a.m. Monday on U.S. 19 near Green Key Road. The deputy saw the car swerve all over the road, once going on the median, and pulled it over, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The driver was dazed and slurring, a report states.

The deputy knew sign language and asked the driver again. The driver didn't understand. Attempts to get information from the driver continued with the deputy asking him to read lips and then writing on a note pad, the report states.

The driver broke his silence.

"You guys were persistent," said Christopher O'Callaghan, 32, of Spring Hill, the report states. "I usually play the deaf card and get away with it."

O'Callaghan, a self-employed cable installer, said he lied because his license is revoked, the report states. He was charged with DUI, knowingly driving without a license, giving a false identification to a law enforcement officer and felony contempt of court. He was being held without bail Tuesday in the Pasco County jail.

Zephyrhills

Battery charge follows cake toss

Tajarez N. McCoy battered his sister with cake Friday afternoon, the Zephyrhills Police Department said. The argument was about McCoy not cleaning up after himself and going into his sister's room, said Capt. Robert McKinney.

McCoy, 19, threw cake in his sister's face and then punched her with both fists, a report states. Her injuries did not require treatment, McKinney said.

McCoy, of 6038 Ninth St. in Zephyrhills, was arrested Monday and charged with domestic battery. He was being held in the county jail in Land O'Lakes on Tuesday night.

He is also serving two years of probation for grand theft, a Florida Department of Corrections report.

Man pulled over by deputy attempts to fake deafness, ends up with DUI charge 09/28/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 8:30pm]
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