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Driver faces charges after leading deputies on chase

(ran PW, PS editions)

A 34-year-old man who led Pasco County sheriff's deputies on a chase through a yard was arrested early Thursday morning, deputies said.

Steven Castles of 5327 Drift Tide Drive in New Port Richey faces charges of driving with a suspended license, resisting arrest without violence and aggravated fleeing to elude, deputies said. They said he also faces a Hillsborough County charge of knowingly driving with a suspended license.

A deputy said he saw Castles slide across the grass median at Rowan and Trouble Creek roads about 12:10 a.m. The deputy said he pulled alongside Castles and asked him to pull over. Castles said no, the deputy said.

The chase started there and went along several streets to McClung Drive. Castles tried to cut through a front yard at 4328 McClung Drive and slid to a stop in a driveway, narrowly missing a patrol car, deputies said.

Castles was being held Thursday at the county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $12,000.

Man says he was shot

with 4-inch blow dart

NEW PORT RICHEY _ A 59-year-old man told deputies he was shot with a blow dart Wednesday morning while waiting for a bus, according to a deputy report.

The man said he was waiting at a county bus stop near 6819 Massachusetts Ave. about 9:40 a.m. when a white van drove by and someone shot him in the leg with a 4-inch dart, the report states.

He suffered a minor cut, deputies said. Deputies were unable to find the van.

Afternoon fire destroys

mobile home in Hudson

HUDSON _ A mobile home in Parkwood Acres was destroyed in a Wednesday afternoon fire, officials said.

The fire started about 1 p.m. in the living room/patio area at 12808 Parkwood St., said Battalion Chief Tim Fussell of Pasco County Fire Rescue. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to get the blaze under control, he said.

No one was home when the fire started, and no one was injured, Fussell said. The cause of the fire was under investigation, Fussell said.