BRANDON — A barefoot carjacking suspect was arrested while walking on an entrance ramp early Friday, about 15 minutes after striking his victim with a wooden fence picket in her driveway, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies said.
Deputies said Jeffrey Doorvale was carrying the wooden slat just before 5 a.m. when he approached Sharon Mullins, who was in a silver 2000 Pontiac Grand Am parked in her driveway on the 100 block of Mahogany Drive.
Doorvale, 19, ordered Mullins, 55, out of her car then beat her with the piece of wood. When Mullins fought back, deputies said Doorvale jumped in the driver's seat and slid the car into reverse. The open driver's side door knocked Mullins to the ground.
Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said Mullins was dragged briefly and that a tire may have rolled over her foot. She was taken to Brandon Regional Hospital.
About 15 minutes later, deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to an entrance ramp on U.S. 301 near Interstate 75, Callaway said. They found a Grand Am crashed into the tree line. They also found Doorvale, walking barefoot on the ramp.
Along with carjacking and aggravated battery charges, Doorvale was charged with violating probation stemming from cocaine possession and delivery charges.