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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 Officer Rosburg reports that he was on patrol in the Cones Road Neighborhood when he found a grey Dodge Challenger driving at a high rate of speed. Off. Rosburg had to run 60 Mph while attempting to catch the speeder.
Off. Rosburg saw the Challenger run the stop sign and turn onto Malvern Avenue. Off. Rosburg caught up to the suspect vehicle and turned on the blue lights; attempting to conduct a traffic stop at the Banks Street Intersection. The suspect slowed down to about 10 Mph and turned onto Grant Street. The driver was moving erratically through the vehicle at this time. The vehicle turned onto Riley Street and stopped at 309 Riley Street.
Off. Rosburg and backup Officer First Class Chapin approached the suspect and made contact with him. The driver, Dwon Erving Ridley, 26, of Riley Street in Hot Springs, identified himself and his pertinents were checked through the police computer. The check revealed that Mr. Ridley had a search waiver on file. Mr. Ridley was searched. During a search of his person, officers discovered: 148 Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills, 5 Xanax pills and a loaded (6 rounds + 1 in the chamber) Remington 9mm R51 pistol. Mr. Ridley was arrested. Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms in Arkansas. Mr. Ridley is a convicted felon showing felony convictions in 2014, 2018 and 2019.
During a search of the vehicle, officers discovered: 2 spoons with white powdery residue, .5 gram marijuana in the ashtray, a “Cheech & Chong” brand digital scale with white residue, multiple single Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills scattered all around the floor, center console, glovebox and 29 Oxycodone Hydrochloride pills in a bag.
While officers were searching the suspect vehicle, the suspect was seen squirming around the back seat of the police car, where he had been placed for safekeeping. Officers went to check on him and found 2 clear plastic baggies that contained a white powdery substance on the rear seat and multiple single pills on the floorboard of the police car.
Mr. Ridley is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Firearms and Drugs, Felony Possession Of Firearm By Certain Persons, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance With Purpose To Deliver x3, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a no bond hold initially placed.