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Alleged: Wanted Suspect Runs From Traffic Stop; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

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Hot Springs Police Officer McAdoo reports that he was dispatched to assist other officers at the intersection of Quapaw Avenue and Flint Street with the search for a suspect that fled from a traffic stop on foot and disappeared.

HSPD K-9 Officer Ford and his partner Ork tracked the suspect, Damian Shawn Owens, 46, homeless in Hot Springs, to a backyard in the 200 block of Pecan Street where Owens was found sitting down near some bushes.  Mr. Owens cooperated at this point and he was arrested.  HSPD Dispatch advised the officers on scene that Mr. Owens was wanted on felony arrest warrants in Garland County.

Officer McLean reviewed video of the traffic stop while still on scene.  The video showed that the passenger in the suspect vehicle had thrown a grey bag from the vehicle during the course of this traffic stop.  Off. McLean located the bag.  It contained numerous used syringes, a broken glass pipe with a white crystalline residue, a cut straw and a spoon with burn marks on it.

Damian Shawn Owens, 46, homeless in Hot Springs – allegedly ran from a vehicle containing drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Owens overheard the police radio say that the suspect vehicle’s passenger,  had been arrested.  After he heard that, he told officers that the dope gear in the vehicle belonged to him and that he told the passenger to throw it.

Mr. Owens is charged with Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Fleeing On Foot with a bond amount totaling $3,000.

The passenger, Regina Combs, 45, of Live Oak Drive in Garland County, was also arrested and charged with Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond of $2,500.