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Police: Man punches fellow bus rider over stinky yawn


Police say a psta bus rider punches fellow rider over stinky yawn

Chester Harris later told officers he felt disrespected. About 9:45 a.m. Aug. 14, he said, a man seated near him on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus yawned and failed to cover his mouth. The man's breath stank, Harris said, so he asked him to cover his mouth. The man cursed out Harris in return, police said.

So Harris, 53, of St. Petersburg reared back and punched the fellow passenger, according to an arrest report. The other man sustained a bloody nose, but officers wrote that Harris said he "got what he deserved."

Harris faces a charge of battery.


Man accused of throwing sand at scooter store

When the deputy drove past Finish Line Scooters on Gulf Boulevard, he saw a man throwing sand at the door. The deputy approached Zachary Christian Clouser about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 and asked a simple question: "Why?"

Clouser, according to an arrest report, gave a simple answer: "I am mad."

The St. Pete Beach man, 31, faces a charge of disorderly conduct.


Report: Woman fled police with child in car

Jarcelyn S. Wilkins, 21, sped away from police cruisers Aug. 13 and ran three red lights, officers said. She drove down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in heavy traffic, once crossing onto the wrong side of the road, according to arrest reports.

When officers finally caught up to her about 10 a.m., they said, they found that she had a child in her car the whole time. They also found an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine, according to the reports.

Wilkins faces a litany of charges, including fleeing and eluding a police officer, driving while license suspended or revoked and neglect of a child. When asked why she fled, according to the reports, Wilkins told officers she knew she did not have a driver's license and thought her mother was playing a joke on her.

Compiled by Zachary T. Sampson, Times staff writer