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12-3-2014

Charged with possession
and resisting arrest
Police say suspect fled before being captured

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark assistant editor

A 44-year-old man served to be quite a hassle during his arrest.

Just after 2 a.m. on Aug. 18, Deputy Brian Hollandsworth of the Platte County Sheriff’s Department scanned the license plates of a blue Volvo parked at a gas pump in the lot of Phillips 66 near the intersection of NW Prairie View Road and NW Northwood Road in southern Platte County, states court documents.

The scan served as a red flag, revealing to authorities an associated warrant. The driver of the vehicle identified herself as 41-year-old Shannon Johnson and the passenger identified himself as 44-year-old Joseph Franklin.

The Platte County Communications Center informed Deputy Hollandsworth that the driver, Shannon Johnson, had her license suspended, and the passenger, who referred to himself as Joseph Franklin, actually possessed the name of Chad J. Franklin and had a warrant for his arrest stemming from two separate and out-of-state charges.

Deputy Hollandsworth initiated an arrest and allegedly instructed Franklin to exit the vehicle three consecutive times before the deputy seized Franklin's arms and pulled him from the Volvo.

As the deputy stepped back, Franklin fled on foot. He was captured a short distance later and taken into custody.

The driver was charged with driving while revoked and also taken into custody. Police say they found a crystal-like substance inside a zip-lock bag on the passenger side of the vehicle. Authorities say the substance was tested and determined to be methamphetamine. Police say they also located a clear glass pipe on the floorboard of the vehicle.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Chad Franklin with felony of possession of a controlled substance, felony of resisting an arrest, and a misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.

Franklin remains in custody on a $50,000 cash only bond. His next court appearance is set for Dec. 4 in front of Judge Thomas Fincham.