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Pasco woman accused of DUI after crash with deputy

HUDSON — A Port Richey woman was arrested on drunken driving charges after running into the cruiser of a Pasco County sheriff's deputy, who received minor injuries.

Lorraine F. Leverone-Pothier, 61, was driving north on U.S. 19 about 2:30 p.m. Monday when her sport utility vehicle ran into the back of the deputy's car, which was stopped for traffic just south of Hudson Avenue, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The deputy's car then struck the back of 50-year-old Tamela Jones' vehicle.

Deputy Wainetta Bishop, 37, was treated for minor injuries at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, authorities said. No one else was seriously injured.

The trooper wrote that Leverone-Pothier was lethargic, swayed while standing, had a blank stare and "would produce grossly incorrect answers to questions." She was unable to maintain her balance to complete field sobriety tests, the FHP report said.

Leverone-Pothier faces charges of driving under the influence, careless driving and DUI causing property damage or injury. She was released from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $500 bail.

It was the second time in two days that a Pasco deputy's car was hit by that of another driver. Deputy Ryan Lennox, 24, suffered a broken pelvis Sunday after a man ran a red light in New Port Richey.

Pasco woman accused of DUI after crash with deputy 08/24/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 3:44pm]

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