Wanted man charged with bath salts possession, refusing to submit, escape

Posted April 04, 2014, at 7:05 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A local transient who was the subject of an active warrant racked up several charges Thursday after he tried to outrun a Bangor police officer.

Travis Kelleher, 30, is charged with unlawful possession of the synthetic hallucinogen bath salts, refusing to submit to arrest or detention and Class B felony escape, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

Kelleher was arrested after Bangor police Officer Taylor Bagley spotted him on Chester Street and, aware that Kelleher was wanted on an active warrant, approached him, Detective Sgt. Paul Kenison of the Bangor Police Department said Friday.

Kelleher fled on foot to Sanford Street, where he climbed a fire escape, jumping off the second story as the officer got near him. Kelleher was apprehended after a brief foot chase, Kenison said.

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Kelleher remained at Penobscot County Jail Friday night, unable to post bail set at $10,000, a jail official said. His next court appearance is set for May 13.

Thursday’s aborted flight was not Kelleher’s first brush with the law. In 2008, he was convicted of aggravated assault, for which he was sentenced to three years and six months in jail, with all but 120 days suspended, two years probation and $1,107 in restitution.

Also at that time, he was convicted of two counts of terrorizing, criminal mischief, two counts of violating conditions of release and violating a protection order and sentenced to 60 days in jail for each count.

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