Heavily tattooed fugitive chews off end of fingers to avoid being identified

A fugitive from Tampa, Florida chewed off the ends of his fingers to stop himself being fingerprinted and identified during a traffic stop.

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Kirk Kelly has been wanted by Florida law enforcement for six months on a string of firearms and drugs charges until he was arrested last week by police in Ohio.

In a bid not to be fingerprinted and identified when pulled over on a traffic stop by Ohio police, Kelly chewed off the ends of his fingers.

Unfortunately for Kelly, he is covered in very identifiable tattoos and chewing your own fingers off tends to make cops suspicious. Despite giving fake names, Kelly was quickly identified after Florida police shared photos of his tattoos. He was arrested on suspicion of evidence tampering, obstructing official business and misdemeanour charges of falsification and resisting arrest.