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The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LO­CAL NEWS -

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.

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