Monday, May 28, 2018
Public safety

Largo man with multiple DUI convictions runs over another man three times, police say

LARGO — A man with a history of DUIs dating to 1985 was arrested again early Saturday morning after, police say, he got drunk and ran over another man three times.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, Richard Edward Blasioli, 66, put his car into reverse and struck Daniel Estes, according to a Largo police report. Blasioli then got out, walked to the rear and looked around.

Estes later told police that Blasioli returned to his car and did this: backed over him, pulled forward over him and backed over him a second time, narrowly missing his head.

Blasioli then left the scene at Laguna Vista Apartments and drove home to 4020 Lexington Circle in Largo, where he parked his car in the garage, a police report says.

Estes, who could not be reached, suffered major injuries, including a collapsed lung.

Blasioli, police say, refused to have his breath tested for alcohol content or perform any field sobriety tests. He was charged with a DUI crash involving injury, leaving the scene of a crash involving injury and refusing to sign a traffic citation.

The police reports offered sparse details. They didn't explain what prompted the incident, if the two men knew each other, if the act was intentional or where Estes was taken for treatment.

A Largo police spokesman didn't immediately return a call Saturday afternoon.

Blasioli was held on $10,250 bail.

He works in an "administrative role" at All Children's Hospital, according to a spokeswoman. She did not know the specifics of his job or how long he had been with the organization.

Blasioli was first convicted of DUI in Florida in 1985 and received probation. He was arrested again in 2006, but that charge was later reduced to reckless driving. He was sentenced to more probation.

In 2008, he was convicted of DUI once more and, again, received probation. Police reported that Blasioli was also convicted of a DUI in Georgia in 1993.

Records records show Blasioli never served time in a Florida prison.

No one returned a message left at a number listed for him.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report. John Woodrow Cox can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8472.

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