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Location: Ketchikan
Type: Warrant Arrest, Failure to Stop at Direction of Peace Officer 1, Resisting Arrest, MICS 4

Dispatch Text:

On 01/03/2019 at about 0038 hours, the Alaska State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a green 1998 GMC Jimmy near Mile 2 of the South Tongass Highway.  The vehicle was stopped for having no license plates displayed on the vehicle and the driver had an outstanding arrest warrant.  Investigation revealed that the driver Rhiana Sanford, age 25 of Ketchikan pulled over and then fled the scene as AST attempted to make contact.  Sanford was observed traveling at a high rate of Speed and at one point spinning circles around a light pole.  Sanford attempted to flee in the Martin Bugge neighborhood before reaching a dead end on Lode Lane. Sanford was contacted and arrested as she attempted to flee out the passenger side door.  Sanford was remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center with No Bail.  Futher investigation revealed subsequent to a search warrant on the vehicle that Sanford was in possession of non-prescribed medication and drug related paraphernalia.  Charges are being forwarded to the District Attorneys Office.  AST would like to thank Ketchikan Police Department for their assistance and fast response.

Posted on 1/4/2019 1:59:56 AM by DPS\jpbeaudoin

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