BROOKSVILLE — Running into the woods couldn't make the car and the injured woman go away. Thus, it was only a matter of time before authorities caught up with Shawn Turner.
Turner, of Floral City, was arrested Sunday on charges of leaving the scene of the accident involving injury after he was accused of hitting and dragging a woman with his vehicle while trying to back out of the woman's driveway.
Turner, 37, and another man were sitting in a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass in the driveway of a home in the 17000 block of Ponce de Leon Boulevard about 3:15 a.m., according to an arrest report. Jennifer Grove, a woman who lives at the home, told deputies that Turner and the other man, later identified as Gene Petrosky, would not identify themselves when she asked who they were.
Grove came back outside with another woman, Saralynn Roush, who told Turner to leave, according to the report. Petrosky said he didn't want to leave with Turner and got out of the car.
As Roush told Turner to leave, he put the car into reverse and hit Roush with his open car door, dragging the woman from the front yard to the back of the home, the report said. Roush worked herself free of the vehicle and was run over before the car hit a tree in the yard.
Turner put the car in drive and drove through a field before getting stuck in a pile of dirt and hitting a large steel trailer, according to the report. Turner then got out of the car and ran into nearby woods, the report said.
About 12 hours later, deputies found Turner near Ponce de Leon and Hebron Church Road and took him into custody. Turner later admitted that he owned the car and was the driver but he couldn't remember dragging Roush with the car or running her over.
Turner told deputies he fled because he was scared from "consuming several Xanax pills and alcoholic beverages."
Meanwhile, Roush was being treated for broken ribs and other internal injuries at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.
As of Monday afternoon, Turner remained in the Hernando County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. His court date has been set for Oct. 1.
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