Man facing car theft, drug charges

by Tammy Sakry
Staff Writer

A 27-year-old Elk River man is facing two felony charges from two separate incidents in Ramsey.

Justin Paul McClellan was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Feb. 29 with felony theft of a motor vehicle and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

On Dec. 18, 2011, McClellan was staying with a 84-year-old relative who lives in Ramsey and allegedly took the victim’s 2008 Dodge Durango without permission, despite repeated warnings not to use the vehicle.

The vehicle was returned without license plates and damage to the front bumper.

McClellan had been stopped by Coon Rapids Police Dec. 18, 2011, and arrested for driving after license cancelation and the license plates were removed.

The vehicle was returned to the owner by McClellan’s passenger.

Ramsey police were called by the victim Feb. 28 for a domestic disturbance and asked police remove McClellan from his home, according to the complaint.

During the call, one of the officers allegedly noticed a short straw poking out of McClellan’s shirt pocket.

McClellan allegedly admitted to snorting drugs and to being in possession of a controlled substance.

He also allegedly had eight aprazolam pills, also known as Xanax, in his pocket without having a prescription for the pills.

There is also a Hennepin County warrant for McClellan’s arrest.

An Anoka County District Court judge issued a no contact order, effective through March 1, 2013.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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