Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Fatal hit and run suspect booked on domestic assault charges


BROOKSVILLE - A Brooksville man suspected in the DUI crash death of a local woman in January was arrested Monday night.

A sheriff's office affidavit shows deputies responded to a verbal disturbance at Michael J. Thompson's home on Leisure Lane in Brooksville.

According to Thompson's girlfriend, the couple were arguing about "money and bills," when he threatened to shut off her cell phone, grabbed the device out of her hands and threw it at her.

The woman, who avoided being hit by the phone, went into the master bedroom and locked the door, according to an arrest affidavit.

The alleged victim said Thompson kicked open the door, called her "derogatory names" and said he was going to kick her and her children out of the home and take away their shared vehicle, police said.

The woman said she feared for her safety. The arrest affidavit shows no injuries were observed.

Thompson was arrested and booked in the Hernando County Jail on charges of simple assault. He is being held on no bond.

Thompson was arrested on Jan. 17, less than a week after Brooksville Police said he struck Trina Harvey with his 2010 Chevy Silverado around 2:30 a.m. while she walking along Cortez Boulevard near Horse Lake Road.

Her body was found a few hours later.

According to Brooksville Police Chief George Turner, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement forensically matched headlight debris from Thompson's vehicle left behind at the crash scene.

An investigation found Thompson had been drinking at two bars in Brooksville before allegedly hitting and killing Harvey, a mother of two.

Thompson crashed his truck again that night in Weeki Wachee, on Knuckey Road, and fled on foot, police said.

He was released on $20,500 bond after serving one day in jail.

His arraignment is set for Jan. 8.


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