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Hernando officials: Man with suspended license stole mom's car, drove drunk, crashed

SPRING HILL — A 25-year-old man remained behind bars Monday after he stole his mother's car and crashed into the cruiser of a Hernando sheriff's deputy while driving under the influence, according to authorities.

Cory James Mixon was arrested early Friday and faces charges of grand theft auto, DUI, driving with a revoked or suspended license and refusing to submit to a breath test, among others. He was booked into the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.

According to the arrest reports, Mixon had taken his mother's 1999 Ford Taurus without her permission. Deputy Brian Timothy said he was conducting a security check at a home in the 11100 block of Upton Street when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw the Taurus speeding down the street. The Taurus then drove into the yard of the home and collided with the left rear corner of Timothy's patrol vehicle, the report said.

Once he got out of the car, Timothy said Mixon appeared to be "extremely impaired." Timothy said Mixon could hardly stand up and smelled strongly of alcohol. Mixon was taken to the jail, where he refused to gave a sample of his breath.

A search of the Taurus turned up an open 16-ounce can of beer in the center console and an empty bottle of a prescription drug.

Mixon had an active felony warrant for driving on a suspended driver's license with knowledge, and two previous charges for DUI, according to the report.

Mixon's mother, Deborah Frank Mixon, reported the car stolen earlier that night, saying that she had never given her son permission to drive the car because he didn't have a valid license.

Inmate is accused of tossing urine on guard

BROOKSVILLE — An inmate at the Hernando County Jail has been accused of tossing a container of urine into the face of a corrections officer.

Herberson St. Surin, 21, of Haiti, was charged Thursday with battery on a facility staff with certain fluids. His bail was set at $5,000 and he was placed back into custody at the jail.

It wasn't immediately clear what his previous charges were.

According to the report, the corrections officer was serving food when she opened the inmate's cell door to hand him a tray. Once the flap to the cell door was open, St. Surin allegedly stuck his arm out and held out a container that was open and full of a yellow liquid.

St. Surin then threw the liquid in the officer's face, according to the report. The officer said she knew the liquid was urine because some of it got into her mouth.

Joel Anderson can be reached at or at (352) 754-6120.

Hernando officials: Man with suspended license stole mom's car, drove drunk, crashed 03/30/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 30, 2009 6:46pm]
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