Tabitha Rena Stevens

Tabitha Rena Stevens

Less than a month after running afoul of law enforcement after allegedly driving under the influence and into a building in Holder, a 50-year-old Dunnellon woman finds herself in additional legal problems.

In responding to a well-being check in the late hours of Saturday, March 13, deputies made contact with two victims — one 65 and older and the other a juvenile — who alleged Tabitha Rena Stevens had battered both of them and prevented them from calling 911.

During their interviews with each person, they told investigators Stevens had been drinking all day and was showing “out of control behavior.” They had tried to barricade themselves in one of the rooms, but Stevens was able to make entry, the report stated. She slapped one person in the face multiple times, before striking the other with a closed fist on their back and ribs area. Deputies observed a bruise on the person’s back where they had been struck.

Stevens, who had had fled the residence after deputies had arrived, was found a short time later sleeping in a spare room at a home in the 3500 block of Bonnie Point in Hernando.

Post Miranda, Stevens admitting to being under the influence of alcohol and that a verbal altercation had occurred before deputies arrived on scene. She denied any physical altercation had occurred. 

Deputies then arrested her, charging her with one count of child abuse without causing great bodily harm, battery on a person 65 and older and hinder/delay/prevent communication to a law enforcement officer. No bond was set.

In late February, Stevens, 50, of Dunnellon, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a breath test after after her vehicle went off a Hernando-area roadway and struck a chiropractor’s office, going more than halfway through the building.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol arrest report from Feb. 22, an eyewitness saw the crash occur at around 11:40 p.m. The witness stopped to render aid, when she found Stevens in the backseat of the vehicle. No one else was in the car.

Citrus County Fire Rescue firefighters from Pine Ridge arrived first on scene to find Stevens’ Ford Edge three-quarters of the way through a load-bearing wall of the Hoffman Chiropractic and Health Restoration business.

Stevens told Florida Highway Patrol Troopers that an unknown man she had met at the bar was driving her vehicle at the time of the crash. Troopers noted she had a large knot on her forehead consistent with her head hitting the front driver’s windshield.

Contact Managing Editor Jeff Bryan at 352-564-2909 or jeff.bryan@chronicleonline.com.

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