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Largo woman arrested twice in three days

LARGO — A Largo woman, out on bail on a charge that she fled an accident scene after hitting and injuring a motorcyclist, was back behind bars less than two days later, accused of huffing chemicals in a Walmart parking lot.

Amanda M. Scheaffer, 22, was arrested Tuesday after, Largo police say, she rear-ended Donald Hays at East Bay Drive and Fulton Street about 5 a.m.

Hays, whose age was not provided, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. On Friday, he was listed in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Scheaffer was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and was cited for careless driving. She was released from the Pinellas County Jail about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after posting $5,000 bail.

Police next encountered Scheaffer in her green 1996 Saturn — the same vehicle involved in the previous incident — about 33 hours later at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

As a police officer approached the car, he could see Scheaffer in the driver's seat with the nozzle from a can of "dust remover" in her mouth, according to an arrest report.

Police found two other bottles of "cleaning duster" in the car. Scheaffer, of 301 Belcher Road N, No. 2704, admitted huffing all three bottles to try to get high, police said.

On Friday afternoon, she was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,250 bail.

Pinellas court records show Scheaffer was also cited for careless driving in 2007 and again in July.

Largo woman arrested twice in three days 11/19/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 19, 2010 3:50pm]
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