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Deputy: Man beat girlfriend bloody

The Moon Lake resident has had several recent run-ins, including letting a child drive.

By RYAN DAVIS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 17, 2002

MOON LAKE -- The man who let a 7-year-old drive his car last month is in trouble again.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies say Barry Colbert punched and kicked his live-in girlfriend until she was bleeding from her ears on Friday night. She was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg with severe head trauma, they said.

Colbert, 39, said he let his girlfriend's first-grade son drive his car last month. The boy used inline skates to prop himself in the seat. Colbert, who was drunk and sitting in the passenger seat, was arrested.

Less than a week later, investigators removed the children from the household when they found marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the house. Colbert was arrested again.

He told the Times he was giving the investigators a tour when he opened a cabinet to show them rice and beans, only to reveal a bong -- a device which is used to smoke marijuana.

On Friday, his troubles got worse, deputies said.

A deputy was called to Colbert's house and said he saw Colbert straddling his girlfriend in the front yard, punching her in the face. The deputy asked Colbert to put his hands in the air, but he swore at the deputy and walked away, according to the deputy's report.

Colbert of 12025 Smokey Lake Loop faces charges of felony domestic battery and resisting arrest without violence, deputies said. He was being held Saturday at the county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $1,500 bail.

The condition of Colbert's girlfriend, Jacki Clever, was not available Saturday morning.

Deputies said she was bleeding from her nose and ears and possibly suffered a broken nose.

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