Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Public safety

FHP: After crash, woman punched 66-year-old man, kicked trooper, claimed PTSD

TRINITY — The bloodied 66-year-old man told troopers Monday evening he'd only been in a fender bender. A blue-green Honda merged into his SUV and they'd both stopped on the side of Little Road. The other driver walked up and tapped on his window. When he rolled it down, reports state, she punched him in the face.

Danielle Dawn Joann Snoots, 24, ran back to her car and drove off, a Florida Highway Patrol report states. When troopers arrived on scene, witnesses gave them the car's tag number. A database led them and deputies to her home at 11414 Perch St. in Hudson about 9 p.m.

She swore at authorities and wouldn't talk about the crash otherwise, the report states. They put her in handcuffs.

From the back seat of a trooper's patrol car en route to the jail, the report states, she told the trooper, "I have (post traumatic stress disorder) from Iraq. I had to kill a 2-year-old that had a bomb strapped to him. You need to Baker Act me."

She said she likes to cut herself, according to the report.

"If you don't Baker Act me," she said, "I'll start doing this… " then slammed her head against the cage separating her from the front seat.

The trooper pulled over to put her in leg restraints. But when he opened to door to put them on Snoots, the report states, she kicked at him.

She kicked the trooper in the right arm, the report states. When more authorities arrived, she apologized and again said she had PTSD.

Records show Snoots has had overseas addresses in the past that have been suppressed, but no family members could be reached to confirm she served in the military.

Snoots was booked into the Land O'Lakes jail on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, battery on a person over 65, burglary with battery and a hit and run. She remained in jail Tuesday in lieu of $155,150 bail.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report. Alex Orlando can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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