Robert Eugene Kuhn

A Dunnellon man who was driving on a suspended license was charged with cocaine possession and reckless driving after a high-speed chase Wednesday.

A Marion County sheriff’s captain saw a black Dodge Charger traveling east on U.S. Hwy. 27 at a high speed and began pursuing it. The vehicle turned south onto NW 80th Avenue and continued at a high speed, passing a vehicle in a curve on a double yellow line. The vehicle then passed two more cars on a double yellow line before entering onto Highway 40, where it ran a red light and weaved in and out of traffic before finally stopping, a sheriff’s office report states.

The driver, Robert Eugene Kuhn, 25, of 13579 SW 101st St., told the captain, “I had to take a (expletive deleted) and did not see your lights.”

Deputies arrived at the scene and searched the vehicle, where they found a small clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine.

Kuhn told them he had cleaned the vehicle a few days earlier and no one had driven it. When shown the substance, he said it looked like cocaine but he does not use the drug, the report says.

In addition to felony possession of a controlled substance without a prescription (cocaine), Kuhn was charged with reckless driving and a second offense of driving while his license is suspended. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Thursday on $3,500 bond. No court date was set.