ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a South Carolina woman, her son and two teens, and recovered a stolen vehicle last night after a call for a verbal disturbance.
Around 8:30 p.m., the sheriff's office received a report of two juveniles arguing in the area of McCall Road and Ibis Drive. By the time they arrived, they found two men involved in a physical altercation with one man trying to hold the other one down on the ground.
Deputies separated the two and learned that when a witness saw the juveniles arguing, he had called the sheriff's office. The man was still on the phone when 18-year-old Austin James Currie, who was with the juveniles, came back and began to try to fight with the man. Other witnesses at the scene confirmed that Austin Currie started the fight.
While deputies were talking with people at the scene of the altercation, Austin's mother, 37-year-old Melissa Dawn Currie, arrived at the scene and began yelling at the witnesses. Deputies told Melissa Currie several times not to interfere with their investigation, but after Austin Currie was placed under arrest, Melissa Currie allegedly also allegedly attempted to physically go after the witness. In doing so, she tried to push one of the deputies out of her way.
While deputies were investigating the altercation and interviewing witnesses, they found that one of the juveniles, a 17-year-old had been reported as a missing/runaway juvenile. They also learned that he had allegedly been driving a silver 2009 Honda with Pennsylvania tags that had been reported stolen to the Cayce Department of Safety.
Detectives were called to continue the investigation. They learned that the first teen, another 17-year-old, and another juvenile girl had arrived in the Englewood area in the Honda Monday morning and that they were associated with members of the Currie family. Both are alleged to have known the Honda was stolen and to have driven it to Englewood beach with other juveniles.
While the group was at the beach, the 17-year-old is alleged to have locked the car keys in the trunk of the vehicle. When they were ready to leave, he allegedly broke out a rear passenger window to get back into the car to open the trunk to get the keys.
During a search of the Honda, crime scene technicians located a bottle of Captain Morgan rum, which Austin’s father reported was missing.
Austin Currie was charged with Battery and booked into the Charlotte County Jail. Following his first appearance hearing, he was scheduled to be released on supervisory recognizance.
Melissa Currie was charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting an Officer without Violence. She is being held on a total $8,000 bond.
Both teens were charged with Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. One of the juveniles was also charged with Criminal Mischief and Possession of Alcohol by Person Under 21. Because both are juveniles who reside out of state, they will be turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.