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Road-rage victim leads attacking driver to cops who arrest him

David Carrillo was riding his motorcycle south on U.S. 301 early Tuesday evening when a green 1999 Lincoln Town Car suddenly swerved into his lane.

"He was close enough to reach me from his window. If I didn't swerve away, he would have hit me," said Carrillo, who was on his way to meet relatives in Dade City.

Carrillo reacted with a gesture familiar to many an angry driver — he flashed his middle finger at the car.

The car swerved again at Carrillo, who said he then realized the other driver was after him.

Carrillo accelerated to 150 miles per hour on his 2006 Yamaha R1 motorcycle and aimed for the Dade City police station about 5 1/2 miles away, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Carrillo said he drove into the parking lot and told a police officer what had happened.

While they were talking, the Town Car's driver, 21-year-old Christopher Alan Akins of Trilby, stopped on Pasco Avenue in front of the parking lot and yelled profanities at Carrillo, according to the Sheriff's Office report.

A Dade City police officer followed Akins and stopped him about half a mile away from the station, the report said. When the officer tried to move in front of Akins to prevent him from driving off, Akins drove toward the police car and tried to hit it, the report said.

Akins headed back north on U.S. 301. He abandoned his car in a dead end street in Trilby and fled on foot.

After the officer chasing Akins lost sight of him, Dade City police used a search dog to track down Akins at his home at 19519 Equestrian Lane in Trilby, and arrested him.

Akins then proceeded to tell an investigator multiple stories about what had happened.

He first said a girl named "Amber" was driving with him and had his car in her possession. He then said his car had been stolen and the two were driving in an Acura when a motorcyclist showed them his middle finger for no reason. A short time later, according to the report, he said he had not been in his car the entire day.

The officer who arrested Akins at his home smelled alcohol on his breath and asked him to take a field sobriety test; Akins passed the test "with little to no trouble," the sheriff's report said.

Akins has had several prior run-ins with law enforcement. Since 2003, he has pleaded guilty or no contest to multiple burglary and drug charges. He was arrested twice last year on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Akins faces two counts of aggravated assault and one count of fleeing to elude police. He is being held in Land O'Lakes jail. Bail has been set at $25,250.

Nomaan Merchant can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-6244.

Road-rage victim leads attacking driver to cops who arrest him 06/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:16am]
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