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Mother still in critical condition after Hernando County accident

Tina Sheldon, whose 5-year-old son died after the car she was driving struck a pole Friday, remained in critical but stable condition Sunday at Tampa General Hospital.

A spokeswoman said Sheldon, 32, was still in the hospital's intensive care unit.

The Dade City woman's son, Justin, died after the accident at McKethan and Ranch roads near Ridge Manor, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The crash remains under investigation.

Circumstances around the accident are still unclear. Sheldon was driving a 1986 Nissan north on McKethan when she apparently ran onto the shoulder and struck a fence and power pole, an FHP report said.

New Port Richey mother

faces drug, DUI charges

PORT RICHEY _ Two little girls were taken into protective custody after their mother was arrested and charged with DUI and possession of marijuana, a Pasco County sheriff's report said.

An off-duty deputy saw Vickie Lynn Troxell, 36, of 7324 Cedar Point Lane, New Port Richey, as she stumbled out of a convenience store shouting obscenities at the clerk. She was yelling because the clerk refused to sell her beer, the report said.

The deputy followed Troxell to a yellow Chrysler, which she had entered. The deputy performed field sobriety tests, which Troxell failed. A cigarette wrapper containing marijuana fell out of Troxell's front pants pocket, the report said.

The girls, 2 and 4 years old, were placed into state protective custody, and Troxell was taken to jail. She was held Sunday in lieu of $500 bail, a jail official said.

Port Richey man accused

of fleeing, ramming car

PORT RICHEY _ Jeffrey A. Reid, 35, was arrested early Sunday and charged with felony fleeing to elude after first trying to outrun a deputy, then trying to ram the deputy's car, a Pasco County sheriff's report said.

Reid, of 11019 Basquin Court, also was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, DUI and DUI property damage, according to reports and a jail official.

Reid was driving north on U.S. 19 in a 1991 Ford Mustang when a deputy tried to pull him over, the report said. Reid slowed, then sped off and tried several times to ram the deputy's car. Reid eventually crashed near Crystal Lake Drive and Gulf Highlands Boulevard, and he refused to take sobriety tests.

He was held in lieu of $61,000 bail, a jail official said.