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Trooper: Pasco woman punches motorist after wreck, hits officer


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A Hudson woman who punched another motorist after a wreck in New Port Richey and later slammed her knee into a trooper’s head was arrested Monday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Danielle Dawn Joann Snoots, 24, 11414 Perch St., is charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer, battery on a person 65 years of age or older, burglary with assault or battery, and hit and run with property damage.

Troopers responded about 7 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Little Road and Old County Road 54 in reference to a hit and run. Snoots’ Honda merged into a Suzuki Grand Vitara, causing damage to the driver’s side of the SUV, according to an arrest report.

As the vehicles were parked in a median on Little Road, Snoots exited her Honda and began banging on the driver’s side widow of the Suzuki. When the driver, Patrick Leavitt, rolled his window down, he was punched in the face, causing a cut on the upper brim of his nose and a cut on the eyebrow above his left eye, the report said.

Authorities traced Snoots to her Hudson home after she placed a 911 call saying someone had been battered on Little Road. She hung up without giving any additional information, troopers said.

After she was arrested, Snoots, sitting in the backseat of the highway patrol cruiser, said she suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder due to having to shoot a 2-year boy with a bomb strapped to him while she served in the military in Iraq, the report said.

Snoots served in the Army from January 2008 to September 2010. She was stationed in Iraq from December 2008 to November 2009, according to the Army. Moments after telling the story to the trooper, she began banging her head against the caged partition of the cruiser.

When the trooper attempted to further restrain Snoots, she hit him in the face with her knee. She later kicked the trooper in the right arm and forced the door to hit the trooper in the back.

Snoots remains in the Land O’ Lakes Jail with a $150,150 bond.

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