PANAMA CITY BEACH - A Panama City man wanted on numerous charges is arrested following a high speed police chase overnight in Panama City Beach.
Police say an officer saw Robert Demon King, 33, driving east on Front Beach Road, near the Grand Panama Beach Resort, with his bright headlights turned on, shortly after 1:00 a.m. Saturday. The officer turned around and tried to pull King over. But King hit the gas and took off.
According to the incident report obtained by NewsChannel 7, King turned left onto Grand Panama Drive, running two stop signs while driving in the wrong lane. When King went through a roundabout, the officer stopped his patrol car hoping to block his exit. But King jumped a curb and went behind the patrol car, nearly hitting it.
King headed west on Front Beach. The officer says he had to drive 80 miles per hour to catch up with him. King then turned into the parking lot of the Salty Goat Saloon where he hit three parked vehicles, disabling the SUV he was driving. But King did not give up there. He got out and ran, but police eventually caught up with him at the corner of Laurel and Hibiscus Streets.
While placing King on handcuffs, one of the officers noticed he was chewing on a plastic bag. The baggie contained 4 grams of a white powdery white substance that tested positive for cocaine. The officers found a second baggie with cocaine residue in King’s sock.
A check of the license plate on the SUV that King wrecked showed it was registered to a woman. When the officer asked King where he got the SUV, he said “It’s a smoker’s vehicle.” The officer asked him to explain and King said, “I gave the (the woman) a small about of cocaine in able to make my deliveries.” Asked if he was making a delivery tonight, King said, “I was on my way to my way to make a delivery when you pulled me over.”
Police also found a digital scale, with cocaine residue, in between the front seats of the SUV.
King has been charged with fleeing and eluding a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, no valid driver’s license, and three counts of hit and run. King was already wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.