On August 26th 2018, New Port Richey Police K-9 Officer Golembeski observed a silver Chevrolet Camaro traveling at a high rate of speed north on Congress Street. K-9 Officer Golembeski attempted to catch up to the vehicle and conduct a traffic stop, however the driver accelerated and fled at a high rate of speed continuing north on Congress Street. The driver lost control of his vehicle after passing through the intersection at Massachusetts Avenue and struck a concrete wall barrier. The driver, identified as 24 year old Ramiro Castillo Jr., attempted to exit the vehicle and flee however he suffered a broken leg from the crash and collapsed near the vehicle. Castillo was taken into custody without further incident or injury to the public. A search of Castillo revealed a plastic baggy in his front pocket with a substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine. Within the vehicle was a black nylon bag on the passenger floorboard. The bag contained a silver Ruger 9mm with a full magazine of ammunition. The bag also contained pills that tested positive for MDMA (Ecstasy), Marijuana, Cocaine, THC oils, and Marijuana edibles.
Ramiro Castillo Jr. was arrested and charged with: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Violation of Probation, Aggravated fleeing to Elude, Possession of Controlled Substance X 2, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of MDMA, Leaving Scene of crash/property damage, and DWLSR with Knowledge.