Ladder traps suspect, leads to arrests

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Two suspects were arrested, and a stolen handgun and narcotics recovered after a fleeing woman got tangled in a ladder Wednesday.

Tabor City Police reported that officers were on saturation patrols in the 100 block of Third Street due to complaints about narcotics activity. Ptm. Nick Forster noticed a yellow Mini Cooper with a malfunctioning license plate light, and executed a traffic stop around 9:15 p.m.

The cooper pulled into the driveway of 107 Third Street – a home that was the subject of a search warrant the next day – and Jonathan Kellihan and Johnnie Scott began to walk away from the car.

Forster ordered the pair to return to the vehicle, but they fled on foot. He attempted to use his taser, but did not make a contact, and the suspects continued running.

Scott’s foot “became stuck in a ladder” that was on the ground, the report said, and she surrendered. Kellihan then laid down on the ground and gave up, the report said.

A records check showed the car’s license tag was from another vehicle; it had no insurance; and both suspects had revoked licenses.

Inside the car, the report said, Forster found syringes, clear plastic baggies, rolling papers, small amounts of heroin, and other drug paraphernalia, as well as a Diamondback .380 handgun that had been reported stolen.

Kellihan was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer, and multiple traffic violations. His bond was set at $137,000.

Scott was charged with possession of heroin, resisting an officer, and an outstanding order for arrest. Her bond was set at $112,500.

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