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1/3/2013 6:01:00 AM
Golden Valley chase ends with drug arrest
Keith Ray Johansen
Keith Ray Johansen

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A man spotted driving almost twice the posted speed limit in a 45 mph zone tossed drugs out the window as he led deputies on a short pursuit in Golden Valley last week, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

A little more than an ounce of methamphetamine packaged in two baggies was recovered from the side of Aztec Road shortly after 38-year-old Keith Ray Johansen drove through the intersection at Shinarump Road Friday afternoon, said Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter.

Deputies first tried to stop Johansen around 4:45 p.m. after his vehicle was clocked at 83 mph while southbound on Aztec Road.

Carter said Johansen did not stop his car after deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop.

Instead, he reportedly continued down the road, slowing slightly at an intersection on Aztec, where he turned onto Shinarump Road.

Deputies said they watched as Johansen tossed something out the driver's side window.

Johansen stopped his vehicle near the intersection of Shinarump and Apache roads. Deputies conducted a high-risk traffic stop, meaning they approached the car with guns drawn, and took Johansen into custody.

Carter said a records check showed him to have a suspended driver's license and a misdemeanor warrant for failure to pay fines issued by Kingman Municipal Court.  

A police dog and his handler went to the scene to help search the car and alerted on the center console, where deputies said they located a joint.

A pipe with alleged drug residue was also found in the area where deputies saw Johansen toss something out the window.

He was booked into the Mohave County Jail on felony charges of unlawful flight, two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, two counts of transport of dangerous drugs for sale, two counts of possession of dangerous drugs, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

He was also cited for driving with a suspended license, criminal speeding and reckless driving.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Project SAM in Action! Let's

We could really get the gravy train rolling if we were to make alcohol illegal again!

Glory be, why limit our drug war to a few heroin and meth users? By jingo let's also make it illegal to be an alcoholic!

We could criminalize an even larger portion of our population and incarcerate them within our prison facilities and forced treatment gulags, excuse me, "treatment centers"!

In the same sweep we will once again be able to further enrich criminal predators that will inhabit the resulting massive black market for booze including corrupt politicians, cops, and judges, who will once again profit from the illegal production, protection rackets, and distribution of booze just like we had back in the good old days!!! We'll be able to make the current Mexican cartel inflicted border deaths we've been seeing over the last few years look like children's play.

Three cheers for the hell prohibitionist policies create! Let's recreate such a mess in the name of morality!

Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2013
Article comment by: The truth is...

Meth is NOT the problem. People CHOOSING to do meth IS the problem. Personal responsibility.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Former Kingman Resident

Man......I am so glad I got know how easily I could have been in that car? Kingman and Golden Valley need better rehabiliation resources...because this guy used to be a good guy, I dont know what happened to him. Meth. I despise that drug.

Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Article comment by: Let's see

Noting the past decisions made by local judges he should be able to plea these charges down to speeding and littering.

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