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Police reports

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 1, 2002

17 arrested in countywide holiday traffic crackdown

A countywide crackdown on unsafe driving Friday night and early Saturday morning resulted in 78 citations and 17 arrests, including nine for driving under the influence.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol and the county's four city police agencies bulked up their traffic patrol to start the Labor Day weekend.

A similar crackdown last year produced 14 DUI arrests and 216 citations.

Traffic stop leads to battery, drug charges

NEW PORT RICHEY -- First, police arrested Chad Edward Holley for pushing a cop, they said. Then everywhere they looked inside his car, they found traffic tickets.

Holley, 20, of 15334 Little Road in Hudson was stopped about 11 a.m. Friday by a New Port Richey police officer who said Holley's Volkswagen Jetta had a broken windshield.

After the stop on Main Street, Holley tried to walk away, police said. While the officer was searching Holley's car, Holley pushed him and attempted to run away, according to a police report.

The officer found tickets in the car for driving with a suspended license and another offense, the report states. Then, inside a black suitcase in the trunk, the officer found a purple Crown Royal bag with citations and two pipes.

One pipe tested positive for marijuana, the other for cocaine, the report states.

Holley faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of cocaine.

He was being held Saturday at county jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $11,500 bail.

Deputies say man took nothing in home invasion

HUDSON -- A man told Pasco County sheriff's deputies that early Thursday morning a man broke into his house, rummaged through two jewelry boxes and ran away holding a gun, according to a sheriff's report.

Nothing was stolen, the report states.

The man, who lives on Kim Lane, said he was outside about 1:25 a.m. when he saw a man in dark clothing run from his porch carrying a black gun. Then, the man told deputies, he discovered the intruder had gone into the house through an unlocked door and searched through jewelry boxes.

Deputies were investigating.

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