If nothing else, Robert Michael Phillips deserves an “A” for honesty. When the 25-year-old Phillips, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was arrested last Tuesday after he swerved in front of an unmarked Palm Beach County Sheriff’s car, nearly causing a crash, he entered his occupation on the arrest report as “drug dealer.”
Not that his admission of his line of work came as much of a shock to the arresting officer, who followed Phillips after nearly being clipped and later witnessed a drug transaction between him and a buyer. Deputies in marked patrol cars were called in as backup, and a high-speed chase ensued.
At the time of his arrest, Phillips was in possession of 22 grams of heroin, 5.3 grams of crack cocaine, a drug scale, a hypodermic needles, and $2,316 in various denominations, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The arrest report also notes that Phillips had prior felony convictions for carrying a concealed weapon, possession of cocaine, bringing contraband into a penal institution, possession of a weapon or ammunition by convicted felon, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is now facing three counts of resisting arrest with violence, two counts of possession of drug equipment, and one count each of heroin trafficking, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a career criminal, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, committing a first-degree felony with a weapon, fleeing and eluding law enforcement at a high rate of speed, striking a police animal, battery, and driving with a suspended license.
He is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $242,000 bail.
Oh, that car he was driving when he nearly struck the police vehicle? A records check revealed it was stolen.