TAMPA — Deputies say a 37-year-old man tried to ram a Hillsborough Sheriff's Office vehicle before fleeing from a traffic stop. He was later arrested on charges of driving under the influence.
Christopher Scott Odum of Ridge Manor was spotted in a red Toyota pickup about 1 a.m. Tuesday driving west in the eastbound lanes of E Bearss Avenue near W Florida Avenue, according to an arrest affidavit.
Before a deputy could pull Odum over, he swerved his car toward the patrol car, the affidavit states. The deputy crossed over the median to avoid being hit, and Odum sped off.
He was finally stopped at N Boulevard and Ambassador Loop. The deputy who pulled him over smelled alcohol on his breath, but Odum refused to undergo a field sobriety test, the affidavit states.
Odum was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he gave a breath sample, and his blood-alcohol content was recorded at between 0.284 and 0.294, more than three times the threshold at which Florida law presumes someone is unable to safely drive a vehicle.
Odum was charged with driving under the influence, fleeing to elude arrest and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He was held on $10,000 bail.
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