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911 calls to stop DUI suspect get no response

Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 23, 2016

A leisurely Sunday drive to Lowe's quickly took a dangerous turn for a Wesley Chapel father.

Kyle Wease told ABC Action News he was headed westbound on State Road 54 just west of Interstate 75 when the driver of a black pickup truck nearly side-wipped him.

Wease says the driver began to weave in and out of lanes, nearly slammed into a motorcyclist and narrowly avoided several head-on collisions.

Wease provided ABC Action News with cell phone video showing one motorcyclist nearly getting hit.

He immediately called 911.

The time of the call was recorded at 4:52 p.m.

"He's going to kill somebody," Wease told 911 dispatchers.

During the four minute phone call, Wease drove behind the suspected impaired driver, providing dispatchers with a play-by-play of dangerous driving.

He hung up with dispatchers near Livingstone Road and was under the impression help was on the way.

Wease followed the driver six miles to the Winn-Dixie at the intersection of State Road 54 and Collier Parkway.

According to Wease, the man parked his truck and got out.

"He gets out of his truck, staggers holding on to cars as he goes in the store, probably a good 15 minutes. I am thinking there is plenty of time for them to show up, i'll just point out where he is at and be on my way," Wease explained.

Only help didn't show up.

Wease then claims to have witnessed something even more disturbing.  So, he called 911 again.

"He went into Winn-Dixie.  He came out, emptied his truck out.  He had about six beer bottles he threw in the trash while he was at his truck," Wease told dispatchers.

Dispatchers can be heard asking Wease to repeat his update.

Despite the dispatcher advising Wease to not follow the driver, Wease did so anyway.

Wease followed the driver westbound to Heron Cove Drive where he says the man parked in a driveway, got out with a case of beer and went inside.

Wease called 911 for a third time at 5:21 p.m.

"It's frustrating," Wease explained.

At 5:27 p.m., Wease received a call back from a Pasco County deputy.

The deputy wanted to know where Wease was and where the suspected drunk driver was.

"He said, 'Sorry, there is nothing we can do about it now if he is parked.  If he comes back out we will keep an eye out for him,'" Wease recalled.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, there was two units assigned to the 54 and Collier area and the Heron Cove area at the time.  There was also two units assigned to the Mazda Dealership area near Lexington Oaks Drive, where Wease made his first call.

There was 10 units total in that sector and 19 units in the district during the 29 minutes Wease was calling, Melanie Snow, spokesperson for the Pasco Sheriff's Office said.

Snow could not say whether those units where on calls or in service between 5 and 6 p.m.

Doug Tobin, spokesperson for Pasco County, told ABC Action News 911 dispatchers received 39 calls during the timeframe in which Wease placed his calls.

Wease feels this defeats the notion of "See something, Say Something."

"Being a citizen of the area, I thought I was helping out, I  had him served up on a platter," Wease said.