Driver on wrong side is accused of DUI
A deputy had to swerve to get out of the path of a drunken driver traveling the wrong way on U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills on Friday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
The deputy did a U-turn to pull over the accused, William Slepinski, 42, of Zephyrhills.
According to an arrest report, Slepinski's Dodge pickup finally stopped at a gas station after he drove through a drainage ditch, over a concrete barrier and nearly plowed into a street sign. When asked to perform sobriety tests, Slepinski had to brace himself against the side of his truck for support. He would not take an alcohol breath test.
Slepinski was charged with driving under the influence and taken to the Pasco County jail in Land O'Lakes. He was released on $400 bail.
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Man charged with fraud in getting drugs
Brian Mitchell, 27, of New Port Richey is accused of "doctor shopping," the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. Detectives said he went to six pain-management offices to obtain prescriptions for oxycodone, Soma and OxyContin.
Mitchell is accused of then filling the prescriptions at pharmacies throughout Pasco and Hernando counties to avoid detection.
He was arrested Friday and charged with fraudulently obtaining controlled substances.
He is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.
Deputies say they have store burglar
Nathaniel Rodriguez broke into PK's Food Store in Trilacoochee on April 7 by cutting a hole in the roof, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Authorities say he took 145 cartons of cigarettes, cigars, toiletries, medicine and other products totaling more than $6,350. The store was also robbed in 2006 and the owner, Rahul Patel, 55, was shot and killed. That crime has not been solved.
Rodriguez also is accused of breaking into Triumph Food Mart in Dade City on April 28 and getting away with at least $4,000 in cash.
He was arrested Friday and charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Rodriguez also is listed as a fugitive from New Hampshire.
He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.
Man accused of trying to stab another
An argument over payment from a babysitting job nearly became deadly Friday, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
The report said that two brothers, Armando Vazquez, 24, and Alex Vazquez, age unknown, got into an argument with the victim about money owed from babysitting.
Armando Vazquez is accused of chasing the victim with a knife through the victim's front yard in Holiday and attempting to stab him.
Armando Vazquez is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail Sunday evening in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Dad arrested after learning of dispute
After hearing that his daughter had been beaten up by her boyfriend, Lawrence Clark decided to take matters into his own hands Friday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
An arrest report said Clark, 47, of Wesley Chapel went to his daughter's residence with a .40 caliber handgun "to scare" the boyfriend. The man then told deputies that Clark pointed the gun at him. The man called the police.
Clark told officers he did not point the gun at the man. He said he brought the gun "because he was afraid of the victim." The boyfriend's name was not given on the arrest report.
Clark is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm. He was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail and released on $5,150 bail.
Deputies: We caught window smashers
Two men who smashed car windows and stole purses and other valuables have been caught, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
James Wakefield, 32, and Corey Gay, 23, are accused of breaking into at least three cars in Wesley Chapel.
Victims and witnesses helped identify Wakefield and Gay. They were arrested Friday and remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Sunday evening.
Both face several charges of auto burglary. Wakefield also faces two charges of violation of a felony probation.
Wakefield is being held without bail. Gay is being held in lieu of $15,300 bail.
Teen arrested for threatening mom
An argument between mother and son escalated into threats that the 17-year-old "was going to kill her," according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The mother is eight months pregnant.
The teen, whose identity is being withheld because of his age, was arrested Saturday night on a charge of domestic aggravated assault and was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. The mother was not identified in the report.
According to the report, an argument turned to threats around 6:30 p.m. The mother tried to get inside a vehicle while being threatened by her son, the report said. The teen tried to pull her out but she managed to close the door and he walked away.
The teen reiterated his threat to deputies, according to their report, and told them that he was "tired of her telling him what to do."