Friday, December 15, 2017
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Suspected drunken truck driver eludes deputies, rams patrol cars

TRINITY — A pickup truck driver who was suspected of drunken driving tried to elude pursuing deputies and rammed the truck into two patrol cars, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Christopher Conti, 46, was driving his white Chevrolet pickup south on Little Road toward Trinity Boulevard in Trinity about 6 p.m. Monday when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper tried to pull him over, according to the trooper's arrest report.

Conti wouldn't stop. Eventually, the trooper stopped pursuing Conti, and Pasco deputies pursued. Multiple deputies tried to pull Conti over by getting behind him and next to him, and twice Conti swerved into the path of the patrol cars, striking two, a Sheriff's Office arrest report said. No deputies were injured.

When Conti eventually stopped, he told deputies, "I'm out of my mind on drugs!" the Sheriff's Office report said.

Before taking Conti to jail, deputies took him to Medical Center of Trinity. While there, the trooper who first spotted Conti checked to see if he had been driving under the influence. Conti asked the trooper if he could include in his report "I was cranked out of my … mind when you tried to stop me."

Conti, who the Sheriff's Office said has a criminal history including fleeing and eluding and drugs, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a firefighter/EMT, two counts of aggravated battery against a firefighter/EMT, two counts of fleeing and eluding police with disregard of safety to persons or property, two counts of driving with a suspended license, and one count each of possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and driving under the influence.

He was being held in the Land O'Lakes Detention Center without bail.

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