Malta Bend man flees from Concordia police, faces 2 felony charges

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Malta Bend man is facing two felony charges after allegedly setting up to sell drugs and then fleeing from Concordia police.

Unofficial online court documents reflect that Kelly Thomas Coke, 32, was charged Monday, July 31, with the class D felony of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic Cannabinoid and the class E felony of escape or attempted escape from custody while under arrest for felony.

On Monday, July 17, The Concordian reported that Concordia Police Department announced a fugitive they were pursuing had been arrested.

“The Concordia Police Department confirmed that an active manhunt had taken place beginning around noon on Friday, July 14, and was ongoing throughout the day and night Friday and into the morning on Saturday,” the article stated.

According to a probable cause statement on the case, at approximately 11:30 p.m. July 13, a Concordia police officer learned Coke was setting up to sell meth at one of the Concordia hotels.

The officer learned Coke was on parole and had a probation warrant out of Carroll County and had two felony parole violations warrants.

When the officer of record was traveling through America’s Best Inn, they noticed a subject matching Coke’s description attempt to get into a car and then walk away from the vehicle to a door of the hotel. When the officer asked him to stop, he continued inside.

While walking, the man gave the officer a false name. The officer followed the man into a hotel room where he allegedly became nervous and a female with him stated it was her room.

Coke was detained and seated in the police vehicle. While searching the room, the officer located items consistent with narcotics activity. When returning to the vehicle, the officer saw the back passenger window of the patrol vehicle was down, and Coke was not inside.

The court set a bond at $250,000 cash only with special conditions, according to unofficial court documents. Coke is facing charges in Lafayette County.

Editor’s note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.