Pasco bartender accused of dragging 84-year-old woman - WRBL

Pasco bartender accused of dragging 84-year-old woman

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NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) - A New Port Richey bartender is charged with battery after police say she dragged an 84-year-old patron out of the bar by her arms.

Patricia Smith, 56, is charged with battery on a person 65 or older. 

Investigators say they got a call from the Eagle Club on Leisure Lane on Monday June 2nd.  Witnesses say the boyfriend of Audrey Nichols, 84, had asked the band that was playing to turn down their speakers.

At one point, police say Smith approached Nichols, upset that her boyfriend approached the band instead of bringing the issue to her. 

Police say Nichols admitted to calling Smith a “bitch”.  Witnesses report Smith threw Nichols to the ground and dragged her across the floor.

Due to inconsistent witness statements, police did not have probable cause to arrest Smith that night.  She was arrested on Friday June 6th, after officers viewed surveillance video of Smith dragging Nichols by her arms through the bar doors.

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