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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Corporal Z. Brown was on patrol in the area of Central Avenue near Grand Avenue this morning when he spotted a GMC Yukon driving around with the wrong license plate being displayed. The plate being presented returned to a red Dodge passenger car. Cpl. Brown hit the blue lights and made preparations to greet the occupants of the Yukon in person.
The Yukon stopped at the Exxon gas station. Cpl. Brown sashayed on up to the driver’s window of the suspect vehicle and made contact with the occupants; driver, Ralph Raymond Rasmussen, 36, of Lancaster Road in Hot Springs, and passenger, Patricia Nicole Woodham, 38, of Zimmerman Place in Hot Springs. He labored through all the normal greetings and salutations that one would expect to hear from a newly minted police corporal during a 4AM traffic stop; taking place in a historically picturesque city driven for generations by tourism…then, he got down to business.
He checked both people through the police computer. Mr. Rasmussen was on probation with a search waiver on file and Ms. Woodham was a parolee with a search waiver on file. That vehicle got searched.
Found in and on the vehicle and among it’s occupants were the following: a glass meth pipe containing a small amount of what officers believed to be meth was found under the passenger floor mat, baggie = 1.4 grams of meth, baggie = .3 gram meth, digital scales x3 with residue, A&W root Beer can with false lid containing “clear crystal” baggie containing residue, numerous unused clear zip lock type baggies and a purse.
Possession of meth in The Great State of Arkansas is illegal.
Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Probationer Rasmussen is charged with Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x2 with bond set at $7,500.
Parolee Woodham is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth With Purpose To Deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia x2 with bond set at $11,000.