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Bondsman's arrest takedown at tax office prompts inquiry
By Times Staff Writer
Published January 16, 2008
The Florida Department of Financial Services, which issues bail bondsmen's licenses, is conducting an informal inquiry into a takedown last week at the Pasco County Tax Collector's Office on U.S. 19.
On Jan. 8, a bail bondsman and his brother arrived to arrest 45-year-old John Edward Darlington, accused of grand theft in Pinellas County. But Darlington fought them and pulled a gun, while about 25 customers and employees ran for cover. He eventually was subdued and no one was injured.
Tax Collector Mike Olson called the actions of bondsman David Lowman and his brother, Donald, irresponsible and said he wanted the incident investigated. Nina Banister, spokeswoman for the Department of Financial Services, said the inquiry is a first step to see if any laws or rules were violated.
If so, that could give rise to a formal investigation, she said. To view a video of the takedown, visit pasco.tampabay.com.