Friday, January 19, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Staggering woman sparred with staff at Deer Park

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 23-year-old woman was arrested Thursday afternoon after pulling into the car line at Deer Park Elementary, disoriented and slurring her words, and fighting with the school personnel who took her keys, authorities said.

Samantha Sipka of Clearwater does not have a child at the school, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. It's unclear why she was in the car line, but school employees went to help her when they saw that she was vomiting out of her car window, the report said.

Principal Margie Polen helped Sipka pull into a parking spot so that she could go inside and use a restroom, but Sipka was unstable on her feet, the report said. Sipka handed her keys to the school nurse, then tried to snatch them back when Polen told her she was unfit to drive.

Authorities said Sipka twisted the nurse's arm as she wrestled for the keys, then pushed down the nurse and another employee who tried to intervene. As she staggered back to her car, the report said, three school workers held her to the ground until a deputy arrived.

Sipka told the deputy she was coming from a cemetery on U.S. 19 and was on her way to a Walmart in Clearwater to buy air fresheners for her car, the report said. The deputy told her she was at the school at 8636 Trouble Creek Road, the report said, but Sipka insisted she was in Clearwater. She told the deputy she had not been drinking and had not taken any drugs.

Sipka was arrested on two charges of battery on school board employees and one count of disrupting a school function. She was released from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $5,000 bail.

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