A young girl was put in handcuffs when a family friend she was with was arrested in Middletown.

Kenneth Ford, 27, of Middletown, is a friend of the girl’s mother and was helping drive the fifth grader to basketball practice.

According to the arraignment report from the Middletown Police Department, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, the department’s narcotics unit tried to serve Ford, a convicted felon, with an active arrest warrant. The warrant was for a separate incident and had charges of possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics, engaging police in a pursuit and reckless driving. Detectives located Ford at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School at around 7:45 p.m. and saw him go into the school, where he stayed for several minutes.

Police continued to follow Ford for an hour as he drove his Nissan Altima (with Colorado license plates) to Biefield Street and Hunting Hill Avenue. Ford first went to Biefield, where he met with someone in a Jeep Wrangler. Police saw Ford hand the other person an item, and the other person gave him money. Ford then drove back to the school and went inside.

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