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Sleeping in truck brings a charge of DUI

Published February 18, 2007


GULFPORT - An off-duty St. Petersburg police officer was arrested for driving under the influence after he was found asleep at the wheel of a pickup Saturday morning, police said.

Officer Steven J. Pugh, a 20-year veteran of the force and a member of the canine unit, had been drinking alcohol at a birthday party in Gulfport before he went to his truck, turned on the heater of the vehicle, and either passed out or fell asleep, according to a St. Petersburg police report.

A resident saw Pugh parked near the 5400 block of Shore Boulevard and flagged down a Gulfport police officer, who arrested him. St. Petersburg police internal affairs is investigating, according to the report.


Man hit ex-girlfriend, her child, police say

TAMPA - A Tampa man was arrested early Saturday on charges that he beat his ex-girlfriend and her 3-year-old and held a knife to the woman's throat so she wouldn't call the police.

Police said Joseph L. Buckine, 44, showed up at the woman's house on the 3600 block of E Mohawk Avenue and started an argument. He threw her television and video recorder out a window before striking her on the head and torso with his fist, authorities said.

When she tried to call police, he put a knife to her neck and threatened her, authorities said. He then struck the child with the telephone, authorities said.

He was held without bond Saturday at Orient Road Jail.


Man is accused of buying drugs illegally

TAMPA - Police say a Thonotosassa man was illegally buying drugs with fake prescriptions for more than a month until he was caught Friday inside a pharmacy on Busch Boulevard.

Carlos Peitri, 45, was arrested on 37 drug-related felonies after a pharmacist recognized him and notified police.

Police say that Peitri bought Oxycodone, Percocet and Vicodin from several pharmacies around Tampa with the intent to sell them.

Peitri was released Saturday on his own recognizance.

[Last modified February 18, 2007, 00:38:41]

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