Florida fugitive attempts to hide identity in Ohio by chewing off fingertips


Police say a fugitive from Tampa, Florida, who did not want to be identified by his fingerprints during a traffic stop in northeast Ohio chewed off his fingertips.

Kirk Kelly has been jailed on felony counts of evidence tampering and obstructing official business and misdemeanor charges of falsification and resisting arrest. A message left for his attorney after business hours Friday has not yet been replied to.

Police in Tallmadge, Ohio, say Kelly and several other people were put into a cruiser without handcuffs after their vehicle was stopped last weekend and officers thought they smelled drugs.

Police say Kelly gave false names while officers tried to identify him. They say they figured out who he was after photos of his tattoos were provided by police in Florida, where he is wanted on firearms and drug charges.