Accident leads to brawl, man's arrest
A little after 12:30 p.m. Friday, a 24-year-old's sedan crashed into five cars at the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 — then he tried to run and was dragged back by witnesses and brawled with citizens, a deputies and firefighters, according to reports from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol.
Steven Monti, of 12921 Davista Ave. in Moon Lake Estates, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and said he didn't know what caused the crash, reports state.
Monti still fought even after being handcuffed — kicking a deputy in the groin and spitting on a firefighter, authorities say. He is charged with three counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, five counts of DUI with damage to property or person and one count each of threat against a public servant, resisting an officer with violence, DUI, hit and run involving damage and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. The medical condition of those in the crash was not known Saturday.
Monti is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $30,750 bail.
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Day care worker faces fraud, theft charges
A La Petite Academy day care worker was arrested at the school at 6829 State Road 54 Friday on charges she stole a felon's identity and cash, authorities said.
Danielle T. Baratta, 39, of 5310 Sparrow Drive in Holiday, is accused of taking $1,440 from Delia Pascale, a 44-year-old who was incarcerated in the Pasco County jail from November to February on charges of indecent exposure and domestic battery. The relationship between the two women was not released.
Pascale, who served two years in prison for child neglect, resisting an officer with violence, cocaine possession and grand theft auto, noticed the missing money after her release from jail.
Baratta told authorities she did remove some money with Pascale's consent "to pay a debt for rent and drugs on the victim's behalf," the report states.
Baratta is charged with fraudulent use of personal identity information, fraudulent use of a credit card and grand theft.
She was released from the county jail Saturday on $6,000 bail.