A Clatsop County Sheriff's deputy spent several minutes trapped in an elevator with a prisoner he was escorting to court Thursday afternoon.

Deputy Jeff Kelland was transporting a juvenile inmate from the Oregon Youth Authority when the courthouse's only elevator blew a circuit breaker and came to a halt between the second and third floors.

A fire truck responded to the incident, but the elevator had already been restarted with a simple flip of a switch. Kelland and the handcuffed inmate were stuck for two or three minutes.

"My main concern was getting the inmate I had to court on time, because I don't like to be late," Kelland said, adding that judges don't like it, either.

His charge was about a minute and a half late for the 1:45 p.m. hearing.

But everything worked out OK on this particular afternoon, Kelland said.

Hardly anyone noticed their tardiness, not even the judge, who hadn't arrived yet.


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