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Alleged: Wanted Reckless Driver Caught With Meth; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Crow reports that he was on patrol in the area of the Bypass on Albert Pike Road around 1AM this morning when GCSO Dispatch notified him to be on the lookout for an eastbound white Jeep in that area.

Dep. Crow found the Jeep and followed it onto the Bypass.  As he observed the vehicle, it crossed the fog line and he turned on his blue lights in order to conduct a traffic stop at the Higdon Ferry Road Exit.  The vehicle continued to Higdon Ferry Road, turned north and went all the way to Emory Street before Dep. Crow turned on the siren.  The report says that they were the only traffic the entire way.

The suspect vehicle turned into the movie theater parking lot at Central City.  Deputy Crow asked the driver, Michelle D. Upshaw, 51, of Albert Pike Road in Garland County, why it took her so long to pull over.  She said that she did not notice the lights.  Deputies. Crow ran Ms. Upshaw’s pertinents through the police computer and found that she was wanted out of Garland County Circuit Court.

Michelle D. Upshaw, 51, of Albert Pike Road in Garland County – allegedly didn’t notice blue lights behind her for 1.5 miles.

Dep. Crow asked if there was anything illegal in the car and Ms. Upshaw told him that there was some “stuff” under the driver’s seat cover.  He retrieved .4 grams of meth, 4 pills and .4 grams of marijuana from that location.

GCSO K-9 Sergeant Kellar and “Aton” were called to assist.  “Aton” did a sniff around the Jeep. He told Sgt. Kellar that more drugs were in the vehicle.  Deputies went into the vehicle and found a syringe loaded with meth and blood.  They also found another .9 grams of meth.

Ms. Upshaw was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.  She is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance x2, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Felony Failure To Appear with no bond.