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Port Richey man charged in February chase, wrecks

PORT RICHEY — Charges have been filed against Richard Barrett, a 38-year-old Port Richey man accused in a destructive rampage along U.S. 19 last month that caused at least three car wrecks.

Barrett, who was hospitalized for his injuries after the Feb. 15 incident, was arrested Friday on Hernando warrants on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Authorities said Barrett drove his 2000 Ford minivan north on U.S. 19, ramming one car and colliding with another. When he was caught, Barrett kicked a Hernando deputy and tried to punch another, authorities said. Deputies used a Taser six times before Barrett was subdued.

Barrett's wife told the Times her husband suffers from bipolar disorder and had begun acting strangely. She thought maybe his medication stopped working.

Barrett was released Friday from the Pasco jail after posting $8,000 bail.

Port Richey man charged in February chase, wrecks 03/05/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 5, 2012 4:39pm]
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