How NOT to pick up a woman

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LAKELAND, FLORIDA — A Frostproof man is facing charges after trying to run a woman off the road to "talk with her at any cost," according to the Lakeland Police Department.

Howard Van Sweringen, 41, is accused of pursuing 35-year-old Kristina Fuller, apparently ramming her vehicle several times and, at one point, throwing his dog at her. He was arrested Thursday at Lakeland High.

"This is something you see in the movies or on TV," Fuller said. "Now, it has happened to me." 

The incident began about 7 a.m. Thursday after she dropped her daughter off at school and noticed Sweringen in a white Ford F150 pickup following her on Bartow Road.

He rammed his vehicle into hers, almost causing Fuller to lose control of her car, an arrest report says.

She turned onto Frank Lloyd Wright Way in an effort to get away from him.

"At every stop sign, he would come up next to my truck," Fuller said. "I started going down random roads just to try to get rid of him."

When she got to Harden Boulevard and Beacon Road, the situation got even scarier, she said.

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