Man arrested after nearly colliding with unmarked police car lists ‘drug dealer’ as occupation

Man arrested after nearly colliding with unmarked police car lists ‘drug dealer’ as occupation

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.

LU Staff

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