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Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Corporal Kenny May reports the following:
On 08/24/19 at approximately 2040 hours, I (Cpl. Kenny May #131) was facing west at the intersection of Spring and Illinois Streets. I observed a 1999 silver Chrysler 4 door car across the intersection, facing east. The vehicle failed to dim it’s high beams, despite being directly across the street and facing me. I initiated a traffic stop for that violation near the 1000 block of Spring St.
I made contact with the driver and sole occupant (Christine Thomason).
HSPD advised me that Thomason had a suspended AR driver’s license. Thomason appeared very nervous and had previously told me that she had never been issued an AR driver’s license. I asked her to step out so I could speak to her further. While talking to her, she informed me that she had an open alcoholic beverage in the cupholder right next to the driver’s seat, which I observed in plain view. She also informed me she had methamphetamine in her vehicle.
Based on that information, I conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. I observed a purse in the passenger seat. Inside that purse, I located two baggies of a crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine. The baggies were in a small red case inside the purse.
At the jail a small portion of the crystalline substance was field-tested and showed a positive reaction for the presumptive identification of methamphetamine. Each small baggie weighed .5 grams for a total weight of 1 gram.
Ms. Thomason was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. She is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth, <2grams and Possession Of Open Container In A Motor Vehicle, with a bond amount totaling $3,000.