PORT RICHEY — Inside a green Chevrolet Malibu driving north on U.S. 19, an argument over $3 in gas money became a brawl, with a passenger clobbering another with a fish tank and then a beer bottle, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Here is how it all began, according to the sheriff's report:
Daniel L. Winter, 26, of Oldsmar, spent Monday evening at a strip joint called Calendar Girls in Port Richey.
A few minutes before midnight, his friends — Ashley Decicco, 18, and her boyfriend Shaun Nater, 30, of Clearwater — picked him up and they all ate at a Burger King. Afterward, as Decicco drove her car northward on U.S. 19, she asked Winter for the $3 in gas money.
Winter, who was sitting in the back of the car, said no. He couldn't pay it, he said, because his rent was due — even though he had just been at Calendar Girls and eaten at Burger King.
Then, according to authorities, they argued and Winter slapped Decicco in the face as she drove.
This enraged her boyfriend, Nater, so he twisted around from the front passenger seat and punched Winter, according to the sheriff's report.
Then Winter grabbed the fish tank from the back seat of the car and hit Nater with it, the sheriff's report said. When that had no effect, the report said, Winter grabbed a beer bottle and pummeled Nater with it until Nater wrestled it away — all while Decicco drove along U.S. 19.
Nater bashed the bottle over Winter's head several times until it broke, authorities said. The brawl continued until Decicco pulled the car over in a Denny's parking lot and called deputies.
Both men were arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Winter and Nater are being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.