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Driver accused of kicking deputies

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 12, 2000


HUDSON -- A 42-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after she narrowly missed kicking a Pasco County Sheriff's deputy in the groin when he tried to arrest her for drunken driving, a report said.

Cheryl Lynn Loughin, 12132 Litewood Drive, was arrested at 8:02 p.m. at her home after deputies were called to the area by someone complaining of a drunken driver. According to Loughin's arrest report, she told police she was driving her car and had struck a stop sign.

When a deputy asked her to get out of her car, she swore at him and pushed him. When he tried to arrest her, she kicked at his groin, hitting his inner thigh, the report said. When another deputy came to help, she kicked him in the shin, deputies said.

Three breath tests for alcohol showed she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.23, 0.25 and 0.24 respectively. The state presumes someone is impaired with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

Loughin was arrested on two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol. She was being held Sunday evening at the Land O'Lakes jail on $5,250 bail.

SR 52 crash victims recovering

SHADY HILLS -- A 20-year-old mother of two injured in a collision that killed three Saturday morning was still in critical condition Sunday evening, but her condition was improving, hospital officials said.

Tammy Lynn Sapp, of New Port Richey, was recovering in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, the same hospital where her children Felicia Spadey, 4, and Damian Haney, 18 months, were being treated. The two children were in fair condition Sunday.

Sapp and her children were riding in a car with her mother, Julia King Haney, near the Suncoast Parkway on State Road 52 when Haney's car crossed the center line and struck William Rudolph IV's truck head on.

Rudolph and his 13-year-old son, William Rudolph V, were killed instantly. Haney was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg where she died from her injuries.

Funerals for the three are pending.

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