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Alleged: Pursuit..Wanted Suspect Flees From Police..Throws Dope Out Window; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

Originally posted on July 3, 2020 at 12:06AM for VIP Members at the AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group.  To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.

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Hot Springs Police Detective Vanderburg reports that he was participating in a gunfire saturation detail on July 1, 2020 around 10:45PM in the area of Linwood Avenue when he found a dark colored SUV that made several turns in this area.  He checked the vehicle’s license plate and the information about the plate said that it was supposed to be attached to a Dodge pick-up truck.  Det. Vanderburg turned on the blue lights, turned on the siren and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the SUV.

Rather than pull to the right and stop, the black Dodge Journey refused to stop, kept driving, threw a large black bag out the window, hit streets including: 2nd Street, Garland Avenue, Grand Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, 3rd Street, Henderson Street, Pinewood Street and Albert Pike Road…running stop signs the whole way.

Thomas Edward McGowan, 47, of Lily Ruth Court in Hot Springs – allegedly fleeing from police with a suspended DL, littering a bag of weed out the window and stopping at EZ-Mart..all while wanted by the court.

The suspect vehicle turned from Albert Pike Road into the EZ-Mart Parking Lot at Summer Street.  The vehicle stopped in a parking spot at the front door.  HSPD Officers conducted a felony traffic stop on the vehicle.  The driver, Thomas Edward McGowan, 47, of Lily Ruth Court in Hot Springs was arrested and the vehicle was searched.

It was determined that Mr. McGowan was fleeing on a suspended driver’s license and had a warrant, charging Failure To Pay, out for his arrest.

During the search of the suspect vehicle, officers located a small baggie containing approximately 4.5 grams of marijuana and several unopened sealable baggie containers and several small lids.

Officers went to the location where the bag was thrown out.  Police found the bag.  It contained approximately 25 ounces of marijuana.  Mr. McGowan was transported to the Detective Office for questioning.  After the meeting, he was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.

Mr. McGowan is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing, the arrest warrant was served and he was issued traffic citati0ns.  He was initially being held on $7,000 bond.