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Dade City man accused of crashing pickup into mobile home

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 04:21 PM
DADE CITY -

When Joseph Elliott slipped into bed, he thought his altercation with a man who accused him of stealing tools was over.

But about 45 minutes later, Elliott awoke to the sound of screeching tires and a crash that shook his mobile home, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported.

A deputy, in the area to investigate a report of a suspicious incident, said he saw a man ram a pickup into the mobile home at 15128 Dade Ave. about 5 a.m. Sunday, a report said. The man tried to run away, but the deputy followed and apprehended him, the report said.

Jorge Zamora, 18, of 15076 Hardee Ave., Dade City, was arrested on charges of assault with a motor vehicle and battery. He was taken to the Land O' Lakes Jail, where he was being held Monday with bail set at $5,500.

Zamora had confronted Elliott earlier on a street near Elliott's home, accusing him of stealing tools from Zamora's grandparents, whom Elliott did carpentry work for a few weeks ago, the arrest report said.

Elliott told a deputy that Zamora punched him about six times knocking him to the ground, the report said. Elliott, who denied taking the tools, ran home with Zamora in pursuit, and after another brief altercation outside, Elliott went into the mobile home and Zamora left, the report said.

When Elliott awoke to screeching tires and the crash, he immediately knew Zamora was ramming a vehicle into the mobile home, but he didn't try to leave "for fear of being run over or shot," the report said.

An additional surprise awaited the deputy after he arrested Zamora.

He found an intoxicated man passed out in the pickup truck, the report said. That man turned out to be the truck's owner, who didn't know Zamora and was unaware that Zamora had hopped in and rammed the truck into the mobile home, the report said.

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