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Report: Weeki Wachee man admits to running over his uncle


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SPRING HILL - More details have come in involving a 28-year-old Weeki Wachee man, Phillip Atkins, being held on $100,000 bond after striking a family member with his Ford Expedition.

Hernando County Sheriff deputies arrived at Fentress Court at about 4 p.m. Friday in regard to a verbal dispute involving Atkins, Larry Cummings, his step-grandfather, and Patricia Cummings.

After deputies left, Atkins and Larry Cummings again started arguing.

Atkins, his girlfriend Carrie Berube and their two-year-old son, got into his SUV to leave the property. As he pulled out of the driveway to a stop sign at Spring Hill Drive and Fentress Court, Atkins, his step-grandfather, and his uncle, Randall Nelson, continued yelling at each other.

Atkins drove his SUV onto Spring Hill Drive, causing vehicles to swerve out of the way, and then drove back to Cummings' front yard. Nelson threw a beer bottle at Atkins' truck but missed, a sheriff's report said.

Atkins started doing 'doughnuts' on the lawn and struck a utility trailer, causing damage to both.

After hitting the trailer, Atkins drove forward toward Nelson and struck him with the SUV, knocking him down and dragging him about 75 feet.

A witness told deputies Atkins backed up and drove the vehicle straight at Nelson, hit him with the SUV, dragging him through the street and back into he yard.

Atkins later told deputies that, while engaged in a verbal altercation with his uncle, he became angry and wanted to run him over.

Nelson was taken to a local trauma center with serious injuries, according to the sheriff's office.

On Saturday, neighbor Linda Mulch said she heard screaming and yelling coming from the home and that when she went outside she saw a man lying on the ground.

Mulch said the victim called out for help and that he couldn't move his legs. Her family and neighbors called 911.

Atkins was arrested on charges of aggravated battery to cause bodily harm or disability. The investigation is ongoing.

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