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Raging husband smashes two vehicles, home, deputies say

Officials say he hit his wife's van so hard it was driven into the house.

Michael Seitz had been arguing with his wife about money problems for several hours early Wednesday morning before he got into his truck and rammed into his wife's van so hard that the van broke through the front wall of the family's living room, officials said.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies said that four children _ ages 6, 1, 1 and 3 months _ live at the home at 9321 Mango St., but it was unclear from the report whether any of the children were in the home at the time of the argument.

At 3:30 a.m., Michael Seitz walked out to the driveway and got in his 1988 Chevy Blazer. Desiree Seitz told deputies that her husband drove his truck into her 1990 Ford Econoline van three to four times. The van went through the wall, into the living room.

Officials estimated the damage to the house at $10,000.

Deputies said Michael Seitz told them that he was depressed. Desiree Seitz told deputies that she didn't believe her husband was trying to hurt her or the children. Michael Seitz told deputies that was true, a report said.

A woman at the residence Wednesday afternoon declined to comment to a reporter.

Seitz was taken to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation under the Baker Act, which allows for the involuntary commitment of people who threaten or attempt to hurt themselves or others. A family member or law officer can take the person for commitment.

If a medical professional says treatment is appropriate, the mental health center can hold the person up to 72 hours involuntarily.

_ Tamara Lush is the police reporter in Pasco County. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6245. Her e-mail address is lushsptimes.com.

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