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Authorities jailed an Ocala man Saturday night for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol during a vehicle crash that seriously injured a young child outside of Homosassa.

A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper investigating a 7:15 p.m. collision near the intersection of West Grover Cleveland Boulevard and South Roxbury Terrace noticed Chadwick Perry Evans, the driver of an involved Dodge Ram, showing signs of intoxication, according to Evans’ arrest report.

Details about the crash had not been made available as of Sunday evening.

Evans, 48, told the trooper he had been at a Homosassa bar since noon and drank between six and seven beers, finishing his last one about an hour before the crash, his arrest report states.

Evans performed poorly on the trooper’s sobriety tasks, and was arrested on a charge of DUI. While at the Citrus County jail, Evans took a breath test and had reported blood alcohol levels of 0.169 percent and 0.168 percent. Florida’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Hospital staff at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point also informed FHP a 4-year-old passenger occupying another vehicle suffered serious injuries during the crash, according to the report.

FHP then charged Evans with DUI causing serious injury. Evans’ bond was set at at total $20,500.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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