Police: Man seeking date with 14-year-old led to DUI crash

5:18 PM, Aug 14, 2012   |    comments
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PORT RICHEY, Florida -- Allegations of drunk driving, fist fights, and a man trying to score a date with a teenager. Investigators say that combination nearly killed four people in a Port Richey neighborhood, all under the age of 19.

Photo Gallery: 4 pedestrians struck in hit-and-run

The crash happened Monday around 9 p.m. near the intersection of Rohrman Road and Cathy Drive.

One of the victims, 12-year-old Brandon Smith, described the painful experience just after being released from the hospital.

"I got bruises on my knee, my side, my back, all down my arms," Smith said.

He and three friends were hanging around the neighborhood when a red SUV sped forward, taking them out, along with a fence and another car.

Tina Smith rushed outside to see her injured son.

"He was a hectic mess.  He was bleeding everywhere.  All I seen was blood and him crying," Smith said, "that was crushing."

15-year-old Beau Potter had to be flown to All Children's Hospital and is recovering from ankle surgery. 10-year-old Rayshaun Bennett was also airlifted to the hospital after suffering two broken legs. 18-year-old Sebestian Chapman suffered back and stomach injuries.

"It was so heartbreaking that it could bring tears or goosebumps to anybody that seen it," said Amanda Moore, a neighbor who came outside right after the crash.

Investigators say 26-year-old Misael Ochoa-Garcia was behind the wheel. He was also arrested for DUI less than a year ago.

Ochoa-Garcia told detectives he hopped in the car to get away from a group of guys beating him up. Two of them, Brian Sisk and Bobby Wills, were arrested for battery.

But detectives say they were hitting Ochoa-Garcia because of his interest in a teenage girl.

"I don't know if the word is stalking, but he has been trying to set up a date with a 14-year-old girl in that area," said Kevin Doll, spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Ochoa-Garcia has not been charged for pursuing the teenager.

Detectives are trying to determine if their relationship became physical.

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