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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Reporter Steven Starr
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Lewis reports that he was on patrol on Albert Pike Road ,September 14th, 2020 at approximately 9:02PM, when he saw a white Nissan Murano driving with a defective headlight. Off. Lewis hit the blue lights and conducted a traffic stop on the Murano in the 100 block of Albert Pike Road.
When the vehicle was stopped, the driver, later identified as Helmuth Heinrich Szombathy, 50, of Elkhorn Loop in Garland County, immediately exited the driver’s door. The passenger also immediately exited the passenger door and fled the scene on foot. Mr. Szombathy returned to the driver’s seat after being told to do so. A check of Mr. Szombathy’s pertenints revealed that he had a suspended drivers license and a search waiver on file. The police computer also noted that Mr. Szombathy had previously been arrested for methamphetamine and paraphernalia.
Off. Lewis conducted an inventory of the vehicle before it was towed. He located an eye glass case containing a used meth pipe and an empty syringe. A digital scale and $494 in cash was found in the center console. The scale had meth residue on it.
Mr. Szombathy was read his Miranda Rights at the jail. He signed that he understood his rights and said that he did not wish to answer any questions without an attorney present. Off. Lewis advised Mr. Szombathy that he would not ask him any questions about the meth pipe. Mr. Szombathy then made an unsolicited statement that he only knew about the scale.
Mr. Szombathy was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with bond initially set at $2,500.
There was no other mention about the passenger that fled the scene on foot.