GULFPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA NEWS RELEASE
                                                                 
Lt. Robert Vincent
Public Information Officer
727-893-1030

03/14/2008

Traffic Stop Results in Arrest and Seizure

Officer Zachary Mills stopped a red, 2001 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation and discovered that the driver, Ralph McKinnon (21) of St. Petersburg, had a suspended license.  It turns out that McKinnon had been convicted twice previously of driving with a suspended license, which made today's violation a felony.

Because McKinnon was using his vehicle in order commit the felony crime, police confiscated it and will be proceeding with seizure under the contraband forfeiture law.  The vehicle is worth approximately $7,500.  Along with the vehicle, police will seize the keys and keychain, which included a handcuff key.  McKinnon could not offer a reason why he was carrying a handcuff key.