A chase by police has resulted in the sheering of a utility pole, confiscation of cocaine and cash, and the arrest of three people.
Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, officers of the Portsmouth Municipal Court Probation department were doing a home visit on a probationer at the Bell Apartments located in the 1300 block of Offnere St., when they said they observed two vehicles come up the driveway of the apartments, and turned quickly and try to leave when they saw the probation officers.
Probation officers then alerted Portsmouth police officers, who were in close proximity to the area where they suspected drug activity was going on.
Operations Captain Lynn Brewer said the first vehicle, operated by Reggie Greene, 48 of Portsmouth, went off the right side of the driveway to the apartments and down an embankment striking a utility pole and breaking it off. Greene then reportedly jumped out of the vehicle and after a foot pursuit by Portsmouth police officers, was apprehended in the 1200 block of Union Street.
Officers said they located a baggie containing approximately 11.2 grams of a substance that field tested positive for cocaine and a set of digital scales in the vehicle. The scales had what officers said appeared to be cocaine residue on them. Greene also reportedly had $358 in cash in his possession.
Greene was taken into custody and charged with possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs, both third degree felonies, possessing criminal tools, a felony of the fifth degree and obstructing official business, a misdemeanor of the second degree.
The second vehicle was occupied by Tammy Criteser and Christopher McIntosh of Portsmouth. McIntosh was taken into custody at the scene for possession of drugs schedule I or II, a felony of the third degree and possession of drugs schedule III, IV, of V a misdemeanor of the first degree.
During the investigation, Tyrone Greene, 53 of Portsmouth, was charged with obstructing official business for what officers said was interfering with the police investigation after repeated warnings to stop his activity.
Employees of American Electric Power were called to the scene where they spent several hours replacing the pole and repairing the power lines.
Officers were still executing search warrants on the vehicles and properties of the individuals and Brewer said the investigation is continuing. Anyone with additional information concerning the investigation is encouraged to contact the Portsmouth Police Department at 740-354-1600 or 740-353-4101.
All three men were to be arraigned in Portsmouth Municipal Court Thursday morning on their charges. Reggie Greene faces a possibility of up to 11 years in prison and fines of up to $22,500 on his charges. Christopher McIntosh faces up to 6 years in prison and fines of up to $6,000 on his charges.
The case will be presented to the Scioto County grand jury where additional charges may be filed.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.