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Tarpon Springs man drives into car and bicyclists, police say

TARPON SPRINGS — A car honked at a driver who ran a stop sign. Later, a bicyclist argued with the same driver who almost ran into him.

In response, Tarpon Springs police say, the driver hit both of them with his Toyota Camry.

The first incident happened around 8:10 p.m. Sunday, as David and Wendy Kaplan of Palm Harbor were driving on N Spring Boulevard, near the intersection of Grand Boulevard. David Kaplan beeped at a car that didn't stop for a stop sign, police said.

The car turned around and followed the Kaplans. Police say it sideswiped their vehicle on Pinellas Avenue before driving away.

About an hour later, two bicyclists were heading north on Pinellas Avenue when a car nearly struck them. One of the bicyclists yelled at the driver, who then backed up his car and drove at the pair, hitting both of them, police said.

Elizabeth Ortiz, 39, and William Torres, 27, both of Holiday, were treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police arrested driver John Wayne Dorminy, 39, while he sat in his car a block away on Grand Boulevard. Police say he had a large butcher knife on the floor in front of the driver's seat.

Dorminy was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of an open container.

Pinellas jail records show Dorminy, of Tarpon Springs, was previously arrested in 2007, accused of burglary and theft, and also in 2009 for violating probation. An arrest affidavit notes that Dorminy was released from state prison in November 2011.

Tarpon Springs man drives into car and bicyclists, police say 12/31/12 [Last modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 9:24pm]
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