Four people were arrested on narcotics and carrying a concealed firearm charges after leading New Port Richey police on a short pursuit Wednesday, officials said.
One of the suspects was listed as a convicted felon, who had been an absconder from the Department of Corrections.
New Port Richey police arrested Brandon Joseph Leissner, 20, of Hudson; Alexis Crisci, 19, of Spring Hill; an unnamed 17-year-old girl from New Port Richey; and Dylan Stiles, an absconder from the Department of Corrections
The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Arthur Avenue and Madison Street.
According to the New Port Richey Police Department, a Cpl. Pascalli tried to initiate a traffic stop of a grey 2014 Hyundai for excessive speed in the area of Arthur Ave. and Madison St.
When the officer activated his emergency lights, a short pursuit began.
New Port Richey police Detective Corbino also was pursuing the Hyundai when he saw a light blue Tampa Bay Rays backpack tossed from the front passenger side window, a police news release said. The detective stopped to collect the backpack then continued the pursuit.
The chase ended when the Hyundai, driven by Leissner, stopped on a dead end road. Leissner was immediately taken into custody. Stiles attempted to run, but was tackled a short distance away. The two teenage girls remained in the car and was taken into custody with incident.
The investigation revealed 125 Spice packets in the backpack, weighing 1567.40 grams, 9.2 grams of crack cocaine, a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun, and $1,845 cash.
No one in the vehicle cooperated with the investigation, the release said.