Drake Eugene Wolfe

Drake Eugene Wolfe

A Beverly Hills man sits behind bars after a routine traffic stop led to a high-speed chase and crash.

The arrest of Drake Eugene Wolfe, 29, began about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, when the arresting Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputy was doing traffic enforcement work parked at West Glen Street and South Gray Oak Terrace in Lecanto.

That’s when the deputy reported seeing the driver in a green, four door vehicle not stopping at a stop sign and making a right turn onto West Glen Street, according to the arrest report.

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The deputy turned on his emergency lights to stop Wolfe. Instead, the arresting deputy reported Wolfe drove faster, according to the report.

The deputy also reported that he saw that the vehicle did not have a license plate, but instead a handwritten note in its place. The deputy also reported that Wolfe reached a “high rate of speed” ignoring all traffic control signage.

The chase continued until Wolfe crashed into a large dirt mound near West Demsey Lane and South Canna Lily Avenue, according to the report.

The arresting deputy stayed with the crashed vehicle and two passengers. Two other deputies soon arrived, one of which was a K-9 unit, and they tracked Wolfe into some nearby woods, according to the arrest report.

Deputies eventually found Wolfe hiding in a boat covered by a tarp. The deputies who found him reported that they told him several times to get out of the boat but that Wolfe wouldn’t comply so they removed him by force, according to the report.

When deputies ran Wolfe’s identification through a law enforcement database, it was reported his driver’s license had been revoked almost three years ago and that he was a habitual offender.

He was arrested and taken to the Citrus County jail. Deputies charged him with driving with a revoked license (habitual offender), resisting arrest without violence, no vehicle registration, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, eluding law enforcement while speeding, and burglary of an unoccupied conveyance. His bond was $22,000.       

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.