Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

High-speed chase from Holiday accident scene ends in three-car crash

HOLIDAY — Authorities say Adam L. Reppert led deputies on a high-speed chase for 4 miles that ended in a crash on U.S. 19 Wednesday evening.

Here is what happened, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office: Reppert, a 20-year-old from Spring Hill, was a passenger in a tan Chevrolet Lumina with some friends coming back from Clearwater Beach when the female driver crashed into a truck at Forest Hills Drive and Harpoon Drive in Holiday. When the woman got out to talk with the other driver, Reppert allegedly got behind the wheel of the Lumina and drove off, with a deputy soon on his tail, trying to pull him over.

A report says Reppert drove at high speeds, blowing through stop signs and pulling out in front of other cars. The chase ended on U.S. 19 at Marine Parkway in New Port Richey when the Lumina rear-ended a car stopped at a red light, causing a chain-reaction three-car crash.

Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said all involved declined medical treatment.

Reppert was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding. He was held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Doll said the Florida Highway Patrol could add more charges against Reppert.

Reppert told deputies he drove off from the first crash scene because a man pointed a gun at him and he "freaked out.''

Melissa Harman, a 19-year-old from Hudson who was a passenger in the Lumina, was arrested on a warrant for violating her probation for battery. As of Thursday, she was detained in lieu of $5,000 bail.

A belligerent man who showed up at the final crash scene was arrested on a charge of obstructing police work, the report says. Randy L. Pearsall, a 21-year-old from Port Richey, was released Thursday on $150 bail.

Doll said Pearsall is Harman's boyfriend and it seems Pearsall and Reppert have had an ongoing dispute.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at or (727) 869-6229.

High-speed chase from Holiday accident scene ends in three-car crash 08/06/09 [Last modified: Thursday, August 6, 2009 8:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 'Dream big' drives Lightning's Conacher brothers

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Two words: Dream big.

    Cory Conacher includes them every time he signs an autograph for a young hockey fan.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher (89) on the ice during Lightning training camp in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17).
  2. Irma roughs up endangered snail kites, birds that help us gauge the Everglades' health


    Hurricane Irma was as rough on some wildlife as it was on the humans. Audubon of Florida reported Thursday that the storm destroyed all 44 nests around Lake Okeechobee built by the endangered Everglades snail kite, a bird considered crucial to the River of Grass ecosystem.

    Hurricane Irma destroyed 44 snail kite nests, capping off a poor mating season for the endangered species, which is seen as an important barometer of the health of the Florida Everglades. Their off-center beaks allow them to probe inside the spiral shells of the native apple snails. But the snails' population has dropped as the Everglades has changed. [MAC STONE | Audubon of Florida]
  3. New center opens in Tampa to help those with missing, damaged limbs


    TAMPA — Justin Lansford, his service dog Gabe by his side, smiled broadly Thursday as he imagined the future of a sprawling, resource center for people who need artificial limbs and those interested in helping them.

    Justin Lansford, 27, lost his left leg above the knee in Afghanistan. He was one of dozens of people attending the opening of the Veterans International Institute of Orthotics & Prosthetics in Tampa on Thursday. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Staff]
  4. Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort


    TAMPA — Brenda Irizarry is worried.

    Brenda Irizarry of Tampa, while agonizing over the status of family in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, is helping lead an effort to collect and send supplies to the island. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
  5. Was it a crime? 10 patients at nursing home died after Irma


    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A 10th elderly patient has died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.

    The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, 1200 N. 35th Ave. [EMILHY MICHOT | Miami Herald]