A Bellevue resident faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance following a warrant arrest that was made in Ketchum on Sept. 21 by a police officer with the Ketchum Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Officer Alexander Romashko, he was on patrol in downtown Ketchum around 2:30 a.m. when he noticed a 2002 White Suzuki Grand Vitara parked on the east side of East Avenue near the intersection with Second Street. Romashko noticed the occupant, Kyle N. Callaghan, 28, sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle on his phone.
Romashko approached the vehicle to ensure everything was OK with the driver, the affidavit states.
In an interview with the Sheriff’s Office, a spokeswoman explained that it was “unusual” for a person to be sitting in their vehicle at that time of night, and for that reason Romashko decided to check on the driver.
While approaching the vehicle, Romashko ran a check on the license plate. According to the Sheriff’s Office, this is typical anytime an officer approaches a vehicle in order to anticipate what he or she is walking up to. Dispatch informed Romashko that there was a misdemeanor warrant for Callaghan out of Ada County, according to the affidavit.
Callaghan was taken under arrest for the warrant.
Prior to booking, Romashko searched Callaghan and found four pills, which Callaghan said were Xanax and four pills that he said were Adderall. Possession of Xanax without a prescription is a felony and possession of Adderall without a prescription is a misdemeanor. Callaghan allegedly said he did not have a prescription for either, at which time Romashko booked him into the Blaine County Detention Center for the warrant arrest and the new charges.
Callaghan is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 23, at which time the prosecuting attorney must present sufficient evidence for the felony charge to proceed to District Court.