NEW PORT RICHEY
Girl who crashed car into garage identified
The Florida Highway Patrol has released the names of two teenage girls whose car rammed into a garage at 4232 Glissade Drive in New Port Richey about 1:30 a.m. Friday. The driver was Natazhia Gonzalez, 18, of Port Richey. Her passenger was Christine Lynett, 19, of New Port Richey. Gonzalez was cited for careless driving.
Authorities say she lost control of her 1991 Chevrolet sedan. The crash caused thousands of dollars of damage. Both girls wore seat belts and suffered minor injuries. Alcohol and text messaging are not believed to have been factors in the crash, according to FHP.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Elementary teacher charged with DUI
A teacher at Trinity Oaks Elementary is accused of driving while intoxicated, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Alison R. Carter, 38, was arrested a little after 1 a.m. Saturday and is charged with DUI.
Authorities say Carter was seen by a deputy speeding on Little Road near State Road 54 with her truck hitting the curb several times. Her blood alcohol level was between .168 and .161 — over the .08 limit in which the state presumes the driver to be impaired, according to a report. Carter was released from the Pasco County jail Saturday.
Two men arrested in road rage incident
It reportedly began with a middle finger and ended with punches in the face and one truck purposely ramming the other near the corner of U.S. 301 and County Road 54 at 10 a.m. Friday.
Larry Joe Freeman, 40, of 4120 Transue Drive in Zephyrhills, told authorities that Troy Lee Wigley, 38, of 4731 Plum St. in Zephyrhills, cut him off and flipped him off in traffic.
Both pickup trucks stopped. Freeman punched Wigley in the face. After the beating, Wigley wigged out and "lost his mind," according to a report from the Zephyrhills Police Department. He put his truck in reverse and slammed Freeman's truck twice, the report states. Freeman also told authorities that Wigley sprayed him with pepper spray.
Both men were arrested. Freeman is charged with burglary with assault or battery and is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Wigley, who sports a black eye in his mug shot, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from jail Saturday on $5,000 bail.
Teenagers accused of robbery at gunpoint
Two teenagers are accused of robbing a man of $350 at gunpoint during a drug deal at Saint Leo University on State Road 52 Wednesday afternoon.
Arron P. Duncan and Matthew D. Lopez, both 19 and of Tampa, were arrested in Hillsborough County that same day. Both are now in the Pasco County jail facing charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, the victim was robbed in the back seat of a car. Lopez is accused of shooting the car seat on either side of the victim's legs — and once near his groin. Duncan and Lopez are both being held in lieu of $155,000 bail.