New Port Richey Police said today that they had an altercation with Port Richey’s Fire Chief, Timothy Fussell, on Sunday after he was involved in a single vehicle motorcycle accident on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey.
Fussell is the owner of downtown New Port Richey bar Little Corona’s Cigar Bar
Fussell was treated by Fire Rescue personnel when his wife, Suzanna Fussell, arrived on the scene.
Officers’ preliminary observations led them to believe Fussell was showing signs of impairment and might be under the influence. Fussell attempted to leave and became argumentative when he was advised he had to remain while the officers conducted their investigation. Suzanna advised her husband not to speak to the officers and had to be forcefully removed from the scene to stop her from impeding the crash investigation. Fussell elected to receive additional medical treatment and was transported to North Bay Hospital accompanied by an officer.
Later, at North Bay Hospital, a blood draw was started to establish evidence of intoxication. According to Police, Suzanna Fussell also arrived at the hospital and attempted to physically prevent the collection of evidence.
When she entered the room, she observed a nurse completing medical treatment which included a blood draw. She continued to be disruptive and yelled for the medical personnel to remove the I.V. from Fussell’s arm. While medical staff members were holding the medical equipment, Suzanna snatched the tourniquet off, grabbed the medical tubes containing blood that had already been drawn and threw them in the hazardous waste container. She verbally and then physically intervened in the procedure and refused to leave when told.
Suzanna Fussell was placed under arrest for Obstruction and Tampering with Evidence.
Meanwhile, Timothy Fussell became upset and swung and hit a New Port Richey Police Officer.
When Suzanna was placed under arrest, Timothy became upset and refused to obey an officer’s command to remain seated. Fussell then intentionally swung his left arm towards the officer striking the officer on the face. Fussell was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer.
Both defendants were taken to NPRPD for processing and subsequently booked into the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.
NewsPortRichey reached out to the Fussells via social media and e-mail Monday afternoon. This story will be updated if comment is received.