NEW PORT RICHEY — Chase Huff's troubles began with a spat at a bar Saturday night. By the time he was arrested early Monday on various charges, Pasco deputies say he had brandished a stolen handgun, rammed two squad cars and led deputies on a high-speed chase.
Huff, 28, of Port Richey, told deputies he yelled an epithet at a bartender at Insomniacs in New Port Richey because the bartender made a pass at him. Huff pulled up his shirt, revealing a semiautomatic Glock that deputies later found with a full magazine, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Before he left the bar, Huff told the bartender that he would "end up in the ditch."
Deputies caught up to Huff at a RaceTrac gas station on U.S. 19. Huff put his silver Lincoln Town Car in reverse and slammed into a patrol car, knocking down a deputy who was standing outside the car, authorities said. He then drove forward, slamming into another squad car with a deputy inside, the Sheriff's Office said. Both deputies were taken to Community Hospital and released.
Then, the report said, he led deputies on a chase with speeds topping 100 mph. Deputies called off the chase because speeds were too high.
Authorities later tracked Huff to a home in Hudson, where they arrested him about 2 a.m. Monday. He remained in the Pasco County jail Monday afternoon in lieu of $100,000 bail. He faces two counts of attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a gun and dealing in stolen property.