Man faces DUI charge after swimming away from crash

NEW PORT RICHEY — Deputies say an 18-year-old man mixed alcohol with street racing in Gulf Harbors early Thursday before he crashed his car and tried to swim away from arrest.

William James Osborn of New Port Richey was arrested early Thursday after deputies say he was racing another car on Floramar Terrace with speeds topping 100 mph on the residential street.

Then, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report, Osborn flipped his Ford Taurus as he tried to make a sharp left turn. As deputies arrived at the crash, he jumped into a canal and swam roughly 100 yards away.

When deputies caught up with him, he admitted to drinking liquor, but could not remember how much. He also said he had used synthetic marijuana known as K2. He was charged with DUI and released from the Pasco County jail on his own recognizance Thursday.

Man faces DUI charge after swimming away from crash 11/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 25, 2011 8:26pm]

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