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New Port Richey Police Officers Nearly Run Over by Fleeing Suspect

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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  • Maurice is a good man all you internet tough guys need to end up in the joint so you can get some sausage in your and get treated like the punks you are

    Sunday, 15 January 2017, 3:45 pm
    • Maurice was like a brother

      Saturday, 4 February 2017, 11:01 pm
  • Should have spent some money on filling up gas tank then he might have made it to grady judd’s neck of the woods!!!!! Maybe could have made it to miami.
    Marijuana does not , by the way, put your “give a damn ” to sleep . Don’t know what you’re smoking. Maybe you should quit.

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 11:28 pm
  • Hey Food For Thought, are you serious? Let him go while stoned and refusing to comply with a LEO?? WHY????? If he were drunk should he be let go? NO!!!! It’s NOT legal, if it were, it STILL would be illegal to drive under the influence and still illegal to not comply with a LEO!

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 7:57 pm
  • To Bad it Did Not End in Polk County! Grady Would Have Had a Field Day With Him. Now WE Will Have to Feed Him For The Rest of His Life. : (

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 7:21 pm
    • LMAO🍁

      Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 8:25 pm
  • It’s the parents fault go after them, a good beatin may straighten them up !! lmmfao………….SSSMH..

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 7:08 pm
  • Timothy Maurice McCoy 4/15/83 6’3 278# (big guy) AKA Joseph Terrell Blie . Tampa, FL
    McCoy spent 8 yrs. in prison 2006 – 2014. Armed trafficking drugs, flee LEO, DV, etc.
    Pot/weed puts your ‘give a damn’ to sleep, get fat and lazy, and brings out your ‘Real Stupid.’
    Calling 911 – for example, while fleeing. Would be funny if not for how scary dangerous it is.
    Glad he’s locked up and no officers or innocents were hurt.

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 6:48 pm
  • all this over possible plant material? stop having officers risk their lives for this. its not worth it. i dont smoke it but im tired of officers getting killed especially taking a risk like this. legalize it move on and focus more on stuff like mental health and violent offenses.

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 6:35 pm
  • they smelled weed morons…..they deserved it

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 5:53 pm
  • They never lock some of them up long enough.. We need a review of sentencing guidelines. Forever for pot and ou can literally get away with murder today.

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 4:41 pm
  • “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.”

    Isn’t that attempted murder with a motor vehicle? Why was this man allowed back into our community?

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 1:35 pm
  • Yep, try to kill a LEO and: hangem than shoot the piece of crap, he doesn’t deserve anything else. Period

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 12:34 pm

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