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Hudson man faces multiple charges in Pasco high-speed chase

NEW PORT RICHEY — When the trooper asked George Charos to get out of his car, the 22-year-old uttered an obscenity and said, "I'm not getting out," according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Charos flung his arm out his car window and shoved the trooper, hitting his gun ammo and grabbing his belt, the patrol said.

Then Charos let go and floored it.

It was nearly 1 a.m. Thursday. The trooper pulled Charos over on U.S. 19 after seeing him nearly sideswipe a motorcycle. The report states that Charos, who lives at 18636 White Pine Circle in Hudson, slurred his speech, drooled and was slick was sweat.

The trooper chased Charos down U.S. 19 for 10 miles, with New Port Richey police officers and Pasco sheriff's deputies joining the pursuit. At one point, Charos was going over 100 mph, the report said.

As Charos approached Windsor Mill Road in Port Richey, the report said, he lost control of his car and careened off onto a shoulder. He crashed into a metal power pole, a palm tree and a cable line before stopping in a ditch. Charos was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he was treated for injuries and released to law enforcement officers.

En route to the Land O'Lakes jail, Charos thought the ordeal was funny, the report said.

"How fast was I going?" he asked the trooper.

He wanted to know if his car flipped during the crash.

"I'm the lucky a--hole who lives, huh?" Charos said, according to the report.

Charos was charged with DUI, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and fleeing with wanton disregard. He was released from jail Thursday after posting $20,150 bail.

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