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Authorities arrest New Port Richey driver accused in fatal September crash

NEW PORT RICHEY — Three months ago, a pickup blew through a red light and killed a man.

This week authorities arrested the man they say was responsible.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Robert M. Sager was drunk when he hit a motorcyclist Sept. 4 at Little and Ridge roads. Michael J. Hallmeyer, 32, of New Port Richey died the following day from his injuries at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Sager, 41, of New Port Richey was charged Tuesday with DUI manslaughter, DUI and DUI with damage to property and person. Sager's blood-alcohol content was between 0.105 and 0.103 — above the 0.08 threshold at which state law presumes a driver is impaired. His blood was tested two hours after the crash because he refused to cooperate, a report states.

Sager's driving license had just been reinstated in January after being revoked for two years after a series of speeding tickets, seat belt violations, failure to obey traffic signs, not paying traffic fines and continuing to drive on a suspended license, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

This is his eighth arrest in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. His first conviction was at 18 for shoplifting. Two years later he was convicted of selling cocaine and sentenced to more than a year in prison. He followed this with a conviction for aggravated battery and, in 2006, another conviction for cocaine, according to FDLE. Sager is unemployed, according to his arrest report. He was released from the Pasco County jail on $11,000 bail about nine hours after he was booked. He was not able to be reached Wednesday by the Times. Hallmeyer was a parent, according to his MySpace page. His family could not be reached for comment.

Times researchers Shirl Kennedy, Caryn Baird and Natalie Watson contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

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