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Official's teen-age son charged with DUI

Published Oct. 13, 2005

The 19-year-old son of Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. A Pasco County sheriff's deputy pulled Mike Wells Jr.'s 1991 Nissan pickup truck over on Deedra Street in the early hours of June 2 after clocking the truck going 39 mph in a 20 mph zone. Deputy Larry Engle wrote in a report that Wells, who had consumed three to four eight-ounce beers, smelled of alcohol, slightly slurred his words and had glassy, bloodshot eyes.

Engle also noted in his report that Wells told deputies, "My father is Mike Wells, county commissioner." He then said, "You think my dad and (Sheriff Jim) Gillum could get together and hush this thing?" according to the deputy's report.

Court records indicate that the case was handled routinely. Wells was released on $500 bail several hours after being booked into the West Pasco Detention Center in New Port Richey. His lawyer has filed a written plea of not guilty.