Wild Ride in Yankeetown
They normally patrol the waterways, but the United States Coast Guard helped prevent an attempted murder on one roadway; and it all started as a family argument inside a Yankeetown home Saturday night.
After his wife, mother-in-law and brother-in-law left the house and started walking down the street, 45-year-old Justin Lentini got inside his 1998 Lincoln, and started the engine.
Deputies say Lentini then hit his brother-in-law, Jason Blomgren of Yankeetown.
"The suspect deliberately struck him, catapulting him onto the hood of the car, he was hanging onto the windshield wipers," said Major Evan Sullivan, spokesperson for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
Two members from the Yankeetown Coast Guard station chased Lentini, with Blomgren still holding on, until he was stopped by a Inglis police officer at the intersection of County Road 40 and Riverside Drive, about a mile away.
Almost 20 years ago, Lentini was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, after his drunk driving led to the death of a person in Akron, Ohio.
Blomgren suffered a cut to his forehead, but walked away with his life.
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