A New Port Richey man led police on a high-speed chase through a Beverly Hills neighborhood Saturday that ended at an ex-girlfriend’s house and his arrest on drug-dealing charges, reports state.
Michael James Reincke, 31, was jailed on multiple charges around 8:30 p.m. Saturday after deputies said they found cocaine, marijuana, a scale, plastic baggies and cash in a backpack that Reincke was carrying.
His arrest followed a high-speed chase that started shortly after Deputy David Elias clocked Reincke driving 48 mph in a 25-mph zone on Roosevelt Boulevard.
Reports state Reincke was headed west on Roosevelt when the deputy turned to follow him as he was speeding. When Reincke turned south onto County Road 491, Elias activated his overhead lights to make a traffic stop.
Reincke immediately turned left into a parking lot, headed back north on C.R. 491, then turned right on Roosevelt, driving at speeds exceeding 50 mph with the deputy in pursuit.
Reincke turned right on South Lee Street, then left onto Oak Hollow Drive before pulling into the front yard of a house on that street.
Reports state Reincke exited his vehicle and ran toward the front door, carrying a black backpack. Elias chased Reincke on foot and caught up with him as he reached the front door, with their momentum pushing them into the residence.
Once inside, Elias struggled with Reincke, who was resisting by pulling his arms away and refusing the officer’s commands to place his hands behind his back. Reincke tossed the backpack to his ex-girlfriend, who owns the home, saying “take this,” reports state.
Elias was able to gain control of Reincke and handcuff him.
Officers retrieved the backpack from the homeowner, discovering through a search that it contained 7.4 grams of cocaine, 56.5 grams of marijuana, 23 cases of individually packaged cannabis oil vape pens, $160 in cash and assorted other items that are associated with selling cocaine, the report states.
Deputies learned through a computer search that Reincke’s driver’s license was suspended and he had six previous charges of driving while license suspended.
He was arrested on six charges, including possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell; fleeing a law enforcement officer with lights and sirens; and driving with a license suspended or revoked. Total bond was $27,500.