Rehoboth man parks in handicapped space with machete in SUV

May 18, 2020

A Rehoboth man, 21, faces charges after police say he parked in a handicapped spot May 17 with a machete and drugs inside the vehicle.

Jack F. Kelleher was at the Royal Farms on Route 1 at 11:29 a.m. when he parked his Buick Rainier SUV in a handicapped spot even though he did not have tags or a permit to do so, said Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe of the Delaware State Police.

A trooper conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot, and contacted Kelleher, who told police he did not have a handicapped parking placard. The trooper smelled marijuana, Jaffe said, and following a search of the SUV found about 40 grams of marijuana and a large machete. A computer inquiry revealed that Kelleher was a person prohibited from possessing a weapon.

Kelleher was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 7 where he was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, felony possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and parking in a handicapped space. He was arraigned and released on $3,050 unsecured bond.

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