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Police stop driver with beer, 3 children

By Times Staff
Published May 29, 2007


TAMPA - Police say they watched a man walk to his vehicle with a beer in his hand, load three children into a Ford Explorer, then drive away. Justin Mark Lenegar, 30, of 3530 W Shell Point Road, was charged with driving under the influence after Tampa police stopped him, administered blood alcohol tests and learned he'd been charged twice before with driving under the influence. He was on probation for the same charge. After police stopped Lenegar at 19th Street and Eighth Avenue in Ybor City, they found his blood alcohol level registered at 0.148 and 0.155, according to his arrest report. The law presumes a driver impaired at 0.08. Lenegar, a welder, is also charged with driving without a license and child abuse. Two of the children in the car were his, police said. The third was the child of another adult passenger, who was also arrested on an outstanding warrant. He is being held without bond at Orient Road Jail. The children were released to family members, police said.

Picnicker is shot hunting for wood

An unknown gunman shot a Memorial Day picnicker in the arm when the victim tried to collect firewood at N 54th Street and E 15th Avenue, near the Oak Park center playground. Police said 37-year-old Walter Johnson's gunshot wound was not life-threatening. Johnson told police his attacker told him "you're not from around here, you need to get out of here, " said Sgt. David Goodman. Police are still searching for the shooter, Goodman said.

Friends find man dead in parking lot

A 46-year-old man was found dead of unknown causes early Monday in the parking lot of Paul's Auto Alignment at 1205 E Jackson St. The man appeared to be homeless, said police Lt. Diane Hobley-Burney. Authorities are withholding his name until his family is notified. Friends found him lying on the ground and called police about 7:19 a.m., Hobley-Burney said. His body showed no signs of external trauma.


Man loses control, dies in crash

LITHIA SPRINGS - Alcohol may have been a factor in a single-vehicle crash that left one man dead Monday, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. Investigators said Christopher Michael Morehouse, 21, was driving a 1994 Nissan 240 SX at 3:22 a.m. near Pinecrest Road, just west of New River Hills Parkway, when he lost control of the car while negotiating a curve. Morehouse died at the scene, investigators said.


Woman, 74, pulled from Intracoastal

CLEARWATER BEACH - A 74-year-old Clearwater Beach woman had to be pulled out of the Intracoastal Waterway on Monday and was given CPR. About 12:15 p.m., Pauline Tsoutsanis, 74, was swimming with her husband, Andrew Tsoutsanis. The couple were 20 to 30 yards off shore when Andrew Tsoutsanis lost sight of his wife, according to Clearwater police Sgt. Gregory Stewart. Another swimmer, Patricia Cummings, helped carry her to shore and administered CPR. Pauline Tsoutsanis was taken to Largo Medical Center. She was to be held overnight for observation.

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