the rear seat. “Gaasche was asked about the items, but reluctantly gave me a oneword answer.
“Gaasche then put the vehicle in drive and fled the scene of the traffic stop,” Henley alleged.
Police said Gaasche ultimately traveled onto northbound Route 29 at a high rate of speed, ignoring red traffic signals and traveling into the oncoming lane of travel. Police alleged Gaasche’s vehicle reached speeds of 85 mph during the pursuit.
Near the intersection of Main Street and Route 29 in Collegeville, two northbound vehicles “needed to abruptly move to the right to avoid being struck by Gaasche’s vehicle,” Henley alleged.
Gaasche’s vehicle traveled left onto Main Street at a high rate of speed, nearly striking a curb, before slowing considerably on Main Street just east of East Third Street, police alleged.
“At that time, Gaasche exited the driver side door, holding a gray and red bag,” Henley alleged, adding Gaasche never placed his vehicle in park and it eventually rolled back into the patrol car. “Gaasche took off on foot, ignoring multiple commands to stop. Gaasche jumped a small chain link fence at which time he lost the gray and red bag.”
Police pursued Gaasche as he ran through three parking lots, a thick wooded tree line and eventually toward Route 29, police said. Gaasche was not located that evening.
Police recovered the gray and red bag that Gaasche dropped during the pursuit and determined it contacted six vacuumedsealed, one pound bags of marijuana, according to the criminal complaint. When police searched Gaasche’s vehicle they found an open vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana and $44,335 cash inside the black bag that was in the vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit.
“The bag that was cut open was the same as the bags that were located in the bag dropped by Gaasche during the foot pursuit,” Henley alleged.
Police also recovered a digital scale from the black bag that was seized from the inside of the vehicle as well as glass marijuana smoking devices and packaging materials, according to the criminal complaint.
Court documents did not indicate when Gaasche was taken into custody by police.