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Allegedly Failed SFST Testing…Crack Found; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Report posted by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman

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Hot Springs Police Officer Ward reports the following:

On 09/26/19 at approximately 1620 hours, I Officer Ward 158 responded to 3815 Central Avenue in reference to a possible intoxicated driver.

Prior to arrival dispatch was notified, by a Garland County Sheriff’s Deputy that was passing by, that a Blue Nissan Xterra was driving on the sidewalk northbound on Central Avenue with a flat front passenger tire.

Upon arrival, I pulled into the parking lot of 3815 Central Avenue (Chili’s) and observed a white female, later identified as Heather Alvis, leaning against her Nissan.

Heather M. Alvis, 46, of Spruce Street in Hot Springs – allegedly had crack cocaine, weed, and pills in her vehicle.

Upon contact, I observed Alvis to be unsteady on her feet and having trouble keeping her balance.  Alvis had pinpoint pupils, glassy eyes, her mouth appeared to be dry with dried saliva at the corners and stringy saliva on her lips.

Alvis stated she had been in a car accident on 09/25/19, and had a black left eye, swollen nose and multiple cuts on both hands.  There was front end damage to her Nissan and a flat front passenger tire.  Alvis got down under her vehicle to check the spare, upon standing up Alvis lost her balance.

The following Field Sobriety was attempted.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: I had Alvis remove her glasses and confirmed she did not have any injuries that would prevent her from preforming the test.  Alvis did not have any clues to Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus or Vertical Gaze Nystagmus, although her pupils were pinpoint and eyes were glossy.  Alvis had a slight sway and had to be reminded to follow my stimulus.

Walk and Turn: Alvis was unable to maintain instruction position and had to be reminded to get back into heel to toe position.  Alvis was never able to maintain instruction position.  Alvis did not try to start too soon.  During the walk out Alvis used her arms for balance, missed heel to toe, stepped off line, took ten steps and stopped.  Alvis made an improper turn and stopped again.  Alvis had to be reminded to return and then missed heel to toe, stepped off line, used arms for balance, and made the right number of steps coming back.  Alvis was very unsteady during the test, and repositioned her feet as she was performing the walking part of the test.

One Leg Stand: Alvis was able to maintain the instruction position and did not start too soon.  During the test Alvis counted improperly, by counting one one thousand, two one thousand and so on.  Alvis was unable to keep her foot up past 4 during the test.  Alvis was swaying during the duration of the test, used her arms for balance and hopped.

Alvis provided a breath test on the portable breath tester with the result of .00.  Alvis admitted to using Tramadol, Flexoril, and Xanax.  Alvis was placed into custody for DWI.

A search prior to transport was conducted in which a small silver aluminum container was found with 8 white Xanax pills inside.  Alvis was then transported to the Garland County Detention Center.

Sergeant Tinney stayed on scene to process tow report, a search incident to arrest was conducted.  A black duffel bag was located behind the center console in the back floorboard.  Inside the bag was 5.7 grams of crack cocaine located inside a cigarette box, it was field tested in which it tested positive for the presumptive identification of cocaine.

Also in the bag were 3 zip-lock bags of marijuana, stored inside a plastic grocery bag.  The marijuana had a weight of 77.4 grams.  Inside the bag 3 pipes, used for ingesting crack cocaine, were located along with brass wool.  Four more Xanax pills were found in a bottle of Tramadol.  The combined weight of the Xanax was 3.0 grams.

Ms. Alvis is charged with Felony Possession Of A Sched. V With Purpose To Deliver, Felony Possession Of Cocaine With Purpose To Deliver, Possession Of A Sched. VI With Purpose To Deliver, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, DWI, Refusal To Submit To A Chemical Test, and Bond Revocation, with a bond amount totaling $8,500.