TALLMADGE, Ohio – A Florida man chewed off the skin on all his fingertips during a traffic stop in an effort avoid being identified by fingerprints, Tallmadge police said Friday.
Kirk Kelly, 24, now faces charges of falsification and tampering with evidence.
Police stopped Kelly about 3 a.m. Sunday on North Thomas Road, Tallmadge Chief Ronald Williams said. Kelly initially gave officers two false IDs, including his younger brother's name and information, Williams said.
Kelly told police he was from Tampa. Officers then called Tampa police and the Hillsboro County Sheriff's Office to try to confirm Kelly's identity, Williams said. Florida police sent back photos of Kelly and his distinctive tattoos.