Woman struck, held against will by DUI suspect

Posted at 3:30 PM, Mar 07, 2016

A 60-year-old Inverness man is suspected of hitting a woman while drunk driving and then holding the woman against her will inside his car while she begged for him to call 911 due to her injuries.

Harry De Jesus, of 3022 E. Odier Street in Inverness, is now facing false imprisonment charges.

According to a police report, De Jesus ran a 56-year-old woman over in St. Petersburg around 9 p.m. Friday.

De Jesus and his alleged victim have familial ties, police say.

De Jesus then put the woman in his car and drove to 11351 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

During the drive, the woman begged De Jesus to call 911 because she was in severe pain and needed medical attention.  De Jesus refused multiple requests, according to police.

Police say the woman has a fractured pelvis and an abrasion to her hip.

Once De Jesus passed out, the woman was able to call 911 around 9:35 p.m., police said.

The woman, who ABC Action News is not identifying, is being treated at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg.

She declined to comment on camera.

ABC Action News has requested the 911 call.

De Jesus has prior arrests in both Citrus and Pinellas Counties for criminal mischief, felony battery (strangulation), burglary, multiple DUIs, contributing to the delinquency of a child, refusal of breath test, obstruction, false imprisonment and domestic battery.