Woman attempts to flee AST in Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - A Ketchikan woman is behind bars after she fled Alaska State Troopers in a vehicle and tried to escape on foot.

Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop Jan. 3 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. The driver Rhiana Sanford, 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 was 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. Further investigation revealed that Sanford was in possession of non-prescribed medication and drug-related paraphernalia. 

Charges are being forwarded to the Ketchikan District Attorneys Office. 

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