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FHP cruiser battered in DUI arrest

SPRING HILL — A brief car chase in southwest Hernando County on Tuesday evening ended with a slightly damaged Florida Highway Patrol cruiser and the DUI arrest of a previous offender.

Responding to a reckless driving call about 6:15, Trooper Jim Johnson tried to pull over a 1993 four-door Toyota driven by Christopher Kazakowitz, 29, of Spring Hill near County Line Road and U.S. 19.

Kazakowitz fled, but only for a few minutes. His engine blew and his vehicle lost power near Spring Hill Drive and Cobblestone Drive.

He slammed on his brakes, attempting to cause a wreck with Johnson, according to a news release from the Highway Patrol.

Johnson swerved to avoid the collision, but his patrol car hit the left rear of Kazakowitz's car.

Kazakowitz was arrested and placed in the back of Johnson's patrol car, where he then broke the rear window, according to the report. He was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital and received several stitches for his hand. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and criminal mischief.

Court records show Kazakowitz has faced previous charges of DUI and reckless driving.

Michael Sanserino can be reached at msanserino@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1430.

FHP cruiser battered in DUI arrest 06/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 26, 2008 7:00pm]
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