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Pasco County driver with four kids in pickup charged with DUI, child neglect

Driver, 46, faces DUI, child neglect charges A 46-year-old woman with four children in the bed of her pickup was arrested Friday night on charges of driving under the influence and child neglect, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Cathy Hunter Dothe, who was pulled over about 8:30 p.m. heading south on U.S. 19, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.292 and 0.293, an arrest report said. State law presumes impairment at 0.08.

Deputies said Dothe's eyes were "bloodshot, glassy, watery" and she slurred her speech and smelled of alcohol.

In the rear of Dothe's 1998 Nissan pickup were her 13-year-old daughter and three other children, ranging in age from 11 to 16, the report said.

The Sheriff's Office said this is Dothe's third arrest on charges of driving under the influence. She was also charged with child neglect because "her actions could have caused great bodily harm or death" to the children in the truck, deputies said.

Dothe, of the 12700 block of Social Drive in Hudson, remained at the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $6,500 bail Sunday.

Man at Burger King assaulted, threatened

A 40-year-old man was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge that he assaulted a man at a Burger King and threatened to kill him, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Paul Eugene Head, who refused to give authorities his address, was later booked into the county jail in Land O'Lakes. He was charged with battery and threatening and tampering with the victim.

Head remained behind bars Sunday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to the report, Head grabbed the victim by the neck and hit him in the face at the Burger King at 6319 U.S. 19. The victim was holding his child at the time. Witnesses said Head also told the man, "I got away with killing a cop and I'll kill you also," and made several other threats of violence.

Pasco deputies said Head has a lengthy criminal record, including previous battery convictions in July 1989 and November 1995.

Man accused of battering two women

A 38-year-old man faces charges of domestic battery after deputies say he grabbed one woman by the arm and punched another in the face at his Port Richey home.

Larry Doug Hunt was arrested early Saturday and taken to the county jail in Land O'Lakes. He was released early Sunday.

According to the arrest report, Hunt went into the bedroom of his home in the 7800 block of Birchwood Drive and found his wife there with two other women. One of the women told deputies they were "messing around"; Hunt said all of the women were naked and in bed.

Two of the women told deputies that Hunt grabbed his wife by the arm and threw her to the ground and punched one of the other women in the face, the report said. One woman had a red mark on the left side of her face and another had a scratch on her right knee, the report said.

A third woman left the home before deputies arrived on the scene.

But Hunt told deputies that he got mad, grabbed each woman by the arm and escorted them out of the home. Hunt was then arrested on two counts of domestic battery and taken into custody.

Times Staff Writer

Pasco County driver with four kids in pickup charged with DUI, child neglect 10/11/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 11, 2009 10:08pm]
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