Stolen vehicle investigation leads to foot pursuit resulting in narcotics arrest

Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office

Forty-year-old John McKenner, of Vancouver, was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit

A 40-year-old Vancouver man was taken into custody and charged with multiple crimes early Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday (Jan. 24) at about 1:42 a.m., a Clark County Sheriff’s sergeant spotted a stolen vehicle which was occupied by a male and a female in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven located at 4500 NE St Johns Rd in Vancouver. The male occupant was seen exiting the vehicle and walking into the store. Deputies approached the vehicle and detained the female occupant without incident. 

When the male exited the store, deputies attempted to contact him and he fled on foot. The male, who was later identified as 40-year-old John McKenner, of Vancouver, was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. During the arrest, McKenner was observed reaching for multiple knives which were on his person. 

Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Photo courtesy Clark County Sheriff’s Office

A search of McKenner’s person, incident to arrest, yielded the following:

• Approximately 300+ blue pills which were suspected to contain Fentanyl.

• Multiple baggies containing a white crystalline substance which was suspected to be Methamphetamine.

• A baggy of brown powdered substance which yielded positive presumptive results for the presence of Heroin.

• A baggy containing suspected psilocybin mushrooms.

• A baggy containing an unidentified substance. 

• Two spring-bladed knives.

• Multiple credit cards bearing the names of other persons.

• A Washington State Identification Card bearing the likeness and identity of another person. 

• Over $3,200 in cash, consisting of various denominations of US currency. 

McKenner was evaluated by EMS at the scene prior to being transported to the Clark County Jail where he was booked for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (3 counts), Possession of Stolen Property in the second degree (3 counts), Identity Theft in the second degree, and an outstanding arrest warrant. The female was released from the scene at the conclusion of the investigation. 

There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident other than minor scrapes.  

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.


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