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Hot Springs Police 911 Dispatch took the call of a reckless driver in the area of Central Avenue near the Bypass. HSPD Officer Davis arrived quickly and determined that the driver had allegedly run over the curb at CVS Pharmacy, was parked cockeyed in between parking spots and the driver, Florence Ruth McClun (Street Name “Boo”), 40, of Lakepark Drive in Hot Springs, was slumped over in the driver’s seat and sleeping.
Off. Davis woke up Ms. McClun ever so gently, introduced himself and asked her for I.D. She identified herself correctly, spent several minutes digging through her purse and finally, allegedly, handed him an (taxpayer funded) EBT card rather than an I.D. card. The report says that she appeared incoherent and unaware of what was going on. Off. Davis described her as “under the influence” and “a danger to herself and others”. Ms. McClun was arrested for Public Intoxication.
A LifeNet Ambulance Crew was ordered to the scene. They checked Ms. McClun and cleared her for transport to the Garland County Detention Center.
The suspect vehicle was inventoried prior to being towed from the scene. Inside the vehicle, Officers allegedly located: over 130 grams of Meth in 10 individual baggies, over 30 grams of marijuana, 4 hydrocodone pills, 8 clonazepam pills, 2 other clonazepam pills, 6 individual buprenorphine & Naloxone sublingual film strips, 3 syringes, digital scale and a Ruger LCP .380 semi-auto pistol (the report did not specify whether the pistol was loaded at the time) and “a large amount of cash” in a wallet.
The Garland County Prosecutor’s 18th East Judicial Drug Task Force has assumed the case.
Ms. McClun is not employed, but she is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, Felony Possession Of Meth, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance x4, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x2 and Public Intoxication.
DWI: In order for an officer to bring the charge of Driving While Intoxicated, the officer must witness the violation him/herself. This officer arrived in time to see the driver parked and allegedly sleeping (I’m guessing with the engine off). You have to be able to prove intoxication and place the suspect in actual physical control of a motor vehicle to charge someone with DWI. I’m sure we will see all kinds of wild Facebooker comments about this, but this explanation is how it’s supposed to work on traffic stop scenarios. DWI crashes are a little different story sometimes.