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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on April 21, 2020 at 12:48PM for VIP Members at the AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group. To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police K-9 Officer Smith reports that he and K-9 partner “Bear” were on patrol in the area of West Grand Avenue near Central Avenue when they found a red Chevrolet Avalanche being operated on public streets with an expired license plate. They turned on the blue lights and stopped the truck at the Exxon Station at that location.
As soon as the vehicle stopped, the front passenger jumped out and fled on foot. The driver of the vehicle, Patrick Tyler Creasy, 32, of Catherine Heights Loop in Hot Springs, turned off the truck, tossed the keys out the window and put both hands out the window. This was the situation for a minute or so until back-up units arrived.
Mr. Creasy told officers that he has a concealed firearm permit, a loaded Desert Eagle .45 pistol on his hip and a back seat passenger. The back seat passenger provided a false name. She was subsequently identified and arrested.
Officers quickly arrived in the area. Some officers went to assist Off. Smith at the vehicle and some fanned out looking for the suspect that fled. The officers that assisted with the traffic stop had the suspects exit the vehicle, searched them for weapons and then the K-9 team ran over to search for the suspect that fled. After about 10 minutes, Byrum Ezekiel Laster, 21, of Barbary Street in Garland County, was tracked to a backyard on Woodbine Street where he was found laying down. Mr. Laster was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
Officer Smith & Bear went back to the traffic stop. They asked Mr. Creasy for permission for officers to search the vehicle. Mr. Creasy seemed nervous at this point. Off. Smith advised him that he could refuse the search and….he did. As soon as K-9 Bear drank some water and cooled down from the search he just performed, he was told to sniff the suspect vehicle. Bear sniffed around the car and alerted on the open driver’s window by showing both a change in behavior and then final positive response, indicating that he found dope.
Inside the Avalanche, officers located 4 unused syringes, 12.5 Xanax pills, a loaded Colt .22 caliber revolver pistol, a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, 2 black digital scales, a “small amount” of marijuana and an unspecified amount of meth.
Mr. Creasy was arrested. He and the female suspect were transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing; where HSPD Special Investigations Detectives assumed the case.
Mr. Laster is charged with Fleeing on Foot, Theft By Receiving (CLICK HERE to see what the Theft By Receiving charge is all about) and at least 1 arrest warrant was served for Failure To Appear with a bond amount totaling $2,500.
The female suspect’s charges, if any, are unknown.
Mr. Creasy is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, Felony Possession Of Meth With Purpose To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver x2 and has a bond amount totaling $25,000.