A 42-year-old man who was arrested earlier this month on spouse abuse charges rammed his wife's car with his truck and tried to run her car off the road Monday as she drove to give an official statement against him, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Lloyd Lee Brockington, of 7446 Oakfield Lane in Zephyrhills, was arrested Monday and charged with tampering with a state witness and aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. He was being held Tuesday at the East Pasco Detention Center in lieu of $130,000 bail.
Brockington was arrested Feb. 10 on a misdemeanor charge of spouse abuse and had threatened to kill his wife, Wendy, 27, the report said. She twice had petitioned the court for an injunction against him to protect her from domestic violence, according to court records. A 1987 petition was dismissed, and a temporary injunction was granted in 1988 by Circuit Judge Wayne L. Cobb, but the injunction was dismissed a month later.
Mrs. Brockington was on her way to the state attorney's office Monday to give a statement to prosecutors. She was driving her 1989 Yugo on Lumberton Road near Zephyrhills when her husband rammed her car with his 1970 Chevrolet truck, the report said. She drove to the Zephyrhills Police Department, but her husband followed her and tried to force her off the road.
Brockington told deputies that he was trying to stop his wife from getting to the state attorney's office, the report said.
Teen charged with more burglaries
NEW PORT RICHEY _ A 21-year-old Tarpon Springs man, released from jail in September pending trial for a string of summer burglaries, was arrested by Pasco sheriff's detectives Monday and charged with three recent burglaries, according to Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports.
Bobby Wayne Bowen, of 307 Cypress St. in Tarpon Springs, was arrested along with John Thomas Murphy III, 19, of 222 E Nebraska Ave. in New Port Richey. A third teen-age suspect in the burglaries was still free, the reports said.
Bowen was being held Tuesday at the West Pasco Detention Center in lieu of $175,000 bail for the new and old charges. Thomas was being held there in lieu of $3,000 bail.
Bowen and Thomas were charged with the burglary Feb. 12 of a boat off Floramar Terrace in New Port Richey in which more than $800 in goods was stolen, and with a burglary Feb. 13 of a house on Floramar Terrace in which six fishing rods and reels were taken.
Bowen also was charged with an auto burglary Feb. 11 in Holiday and dealing in stolen property. Bowen was arrested in August with two 16-year-old boys and charged with a string of burglaries and auto thefts.
Man tries to steal drugs from store
PORT RICHEY _ A man armed with a handgun tried to steal drugs from a pharmacy Monday, but gave up and left when the clerk told him she did not have a key for the cabinet where the drugs were stored, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
The man, who was about 28 years old, walked into the Rxperts Pharmacy at 10831 U.S. 19 about 4:15 p.m. Monday, went behind the counter and pulled out a small handgun and a paper bag, the report said. He told the 54-year-old clerk, "Give me all your drugs." The clerk's name is being withheld for her protection.
He grabbed the woman's arm and walked to the back of the store, the report said. The clerk told the man that she did not have the key for a cabinet where the drugs were stored and that the pharmacist had left the store. The man asked the clerk to walk with him to the front of the store and then left.
The man was described as white, about 5 feet 8, 140 pounds, with dark collar-length hair. He was wearing a dark shirt and dark pants, the report said.