NEW PORT RICHEY — A missed phone call led Minnie Kay Lutes on a tear after her boyfriend in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
Her boyfriend, Christopher Gambale, didn't call during his meal break at work, according to a Pasco Sheriff's report, and Lutes, 40, "went off."
She met Gambale about 1 a.m. at his friend's house when he got off work, the report states, and followed him out to his car when he tried to leave. They then met at her apartment, 10834 Leon St., but he drove off when the argument flared. This time she chased him.
Gambale drove through red lights and parking lots and jumped curbs with Lutes close behind in a blue Ford Crown Victoria, trying to run him off the road, the report states.
He pulled into a 7-Eleven parking lot at 6001 Trouble Creek Road. When both got out of their vehicles, the report states, Lutes brandished a large knife.
She spotted two witnesses scrambling to their own vehicle to call 911 and went after them in her car, too, according to the report. At some point, the report states, she crashed into a strip mall at 5919 Trouble Creek Road, where a deputy caught up with her. She sped off.
The deputy followed Lutes with lights and sirens on until she pulled over at the corner of Illinois Avenue and Congress Street, yelling and screaming. The deputy opened the driver's door to find blood smeared all over the door panel. Lutes had somehow sliced her left hand.
She was taken to Morton Plant North Bay Hospital for treatment. Friday afternoon she was at the Land O'Lakes jail on charges of aggravated assault and fleeing to elude. Her bail was set at $30,000.
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