Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
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Hot Springs Police Officer Ward reports that he was on patrol down Crawford Street on February 23, 2021, around midnight, when he spotted a wanted person at the Valero gas station.
Terrance (Cody) Alan Bates, 37, of Milbranch Court in Hot Springs, was in the company of a 1998 blue Ford Crown Victoria with a license plate being displayed that was assigned to a blue Jeep Laredo. Prior to making contact, Off. Ward ran Mr. Bates’s pertinents through the police computer. The check revealed that he was indeed wanted by the court. Outstanding warrants showed for this person to the tune of Failure To Appear, Failure to Pay and Hot Check Violation.
Off. Ward and his associates watched Mr. Bates pace and shape between the Ford and the front door of the business for 20 minutes. He was dealing with a bag inside the Ford during this period. Officers made contact with him as he was standing on the passenger side of the Ford. Mr. Bates saw Off. Ward pull up and quickly turned to walk away.
Off. Ward told him about the warrants and Mr. Bates came back to deal with it. The report notes that Mr. Bates was observed to be sweating profusely, acting erratic, had facial tics and appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic. Mr. Bates was arrested.
Officers looked in the car and saw a glass dope pipe with white residue and burn marks and a needle in the driver’s floorboard. During the search of the Ford, officers located: 1.4 grams cocaine, 2.7 grams meth, a set of scales and 20 small baggies containing crystal residue.
Mr. Bates was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. During the booking process, Mr. Bate’s told officers that he knew the items were in the Ford, but that they belonged to his girlfriend’s juvenile boyfriend. They asked why he would drive around with narcotics. His reply “I was protecting my kids”. He was Mirandized prior to the question/answer period.
Mr. Bates is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth With Purpose To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Cocaine With Purpose To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Public Intoxication with bond set at $11,500. The warrants were served, as well.