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FHP: Drunken driver hit Bob Evans restaurant in Holiday


Man who backed into Bob Evans faces DUI

A 21-year-old man drove his car into a Bob Evans restaurant early Tuesday, causing $10,000 in damage, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Richard Brent Grimes backed his car about 12:16 a.m. into the Bob Evans at 1600 U.S. 19 in Holiday, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, spokesman for FHP. Authorities were called after Grimes reversed his car into the building, Gaskins said.

The restaurant was closed and no one was injured, said Scott Devries, a Bob Evans district manager. He said the impact was on the south side of the building. He said the car didn't go through the wall into the restaurant but came close.

"We're just glad everybody is safe," Devries said. The restaurant reopened Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Grimes was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. The FHP said his blood-alcohol content was 0.178, more than twice the threshold at which Florida law presumes that someone is unable to safely drive a motor vehicle.

Grimes, of 1024 Dartmouth Drive in Holiday Lake Estates, was released from the Pasco jail Tuesday morning.


Ice cream driver faces DUI; kid almost hit

An ice cream truck driver, with two open bottles of whiskey beside him, almost hit a child Monday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office report states Ronald Clifford Purdy's blood-alcohol content was 0.227, nearly three times the threshold at which Florida law presumes that someone is unable to safely drive a motor vehicle.

Purdy, 49, was pulled over on Candice Lane in the Congress Park area of New Port Richey after a caller told emergency dispatchers that Purdy nearly hit a child.

Purdy staggered as he got out of the ice cream truck and, when asked for his address, gave his birthday, the report says.

Purdy, of 4805 Spring Side Drive in the Cypress Lakes neighborhood of New Port Richey, was arrested and charged with DUI. This is his first arrest in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He was convicted of DUI in Connecticut in 2002, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Purdy told authorities he works for Sub Zero Ice Cream, according to his arrest report.

He was released from the Pasco jail Tuesday morning.


Felon arrested after pawning his guns

Rodney Vining thought he was doing a good thing by pawning his guns, since, as a felon, he's not allowed to own any.

He got $80 for his handgun and $120 for his shotgun.

And eight hours in jail.

Vining was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted he pawned the guns at Land O'Lakes Gun & Pawn in November and December, "but claimed he thought he was doing the right thing," a deputy reported.

Vining also goes by the alias Rodney Perez, which is how he's listed in the Department of Corrections. He served two stints in prison, for a total of nearly four years, for felony DUI, felony driving with a suspended or revoked license, burglary and grand theft.

Vining, of 2700 Wilsky Road in Land O'Lakes, was released from the Pasco jail Monday evening on $20,000 bail.


Woman accused of attacking bartender

The bartender told them to leave. It was just after 1 a.m. Monday at South Beach Club at 14709 U.S. 19. Sierra Peters, 25, and her boyfriend were causing a scene, authorities said.

Peters refused to go.

Enraged at being kicked out, Peters launched beer glasses, beer pitchers and full beer bottles at Heather Johannesen, the 27-year-old bartender, authorities said. Some hit her head. Johannesen ducked.

Peters went behind the bar, and kicked and punched Johannesen in the face and legs, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Peters "ripped out a chunk of her hair and pulled her dress off," a report states.

Peters and her boyfriend ran outside, with Johannesen locking the door behind them, but Peters forgot her car keys, the report says. When Johannesen wouldn't open the door, Peters threw a brick through the glass, the shards cutting Johannesen's face and hands, authorities said.

Johannesen pitched the keys to Peters as deputies arrived.

Peters, who lives in Spring Hill in Hernando County, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and criminal mischief. She is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $12,000 bail.

Peters told investigators the fight was because Johannesen once "hooked up" with Peters' boyfriend.

FHP: Drunken driver hit Bob Evans restaurant in Holiday 02/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:16pm]
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