NEW PORT RICHEY (PASCO) – Less than 24-hours after Orlando Police Officer Debra Clayton was shot and killed, a New Port Richey Police Officer was nearly run over during a traffic stop in Pasco County.
According to reports, just after midnight this morning Officer Edward Donohue conducted a traffic stop on a white Hyundai Santa Fe in the area of Arthur Ave and Madison Street. The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Timothy McCoy handed Donohue his license through a partially rolled down window. That’s when Donohue noticed the odor of Marijuana emitting from the vehicle and proceeded to order McCoy out of the vehicle. McCoy refused to cooperate and called 911 to complain about the Officer Donohue.
While Officer Donohue attempted to gain access to the vehicle through a rear window, a second Police Officer, Anthony Kasperitis, stood by McCoy’s driver’s side door and continued ordering McCoy to exit the vehicle. As Donohue began to enter the rear door, McCoy started the vehicle, prompting Kasperitis to break the driver’s side window. By now Donohue is inside the rear of the vehicle ordering McCoy at gunpoint to surrender. That’s when McCoy drove off, nearly running over Kasperitis and forcing Donohue to jump out of the vehicle to avoid being dragged.
During the ensuing pursuit, McCoy called 911 and claimed that he had a baby inside the vehicle, and that he was not going to stop. With knowledge that McCoy was lying, the pursuit continued through Pasco County and into Hillsborough County, where it finally came to an end at the intersection of Fletcher Ave and Dale Mabry Highway, after McCoy ran out of gas. McCoy surrendered to Police without further incident.
McCoy is charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude, Possession of Cocaine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Misuse of 911, and multiple traffic violations.
McCoy was involved in a similar incident in 2015 when he struck a New Port Richey Police Officer with his vehicle during a drug deal.
McCoy is currently held in the Hillsborough County Jail without bond.
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