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Hot Springs Police Officer J. Smith was on patrol last week in the 900 Block of Central Avenue when he allegedly spied a suspect vehicle that was allegedly involved in an HSPD vehicle pursuit from about 5 days earlier. The license plate # allegedly matched and everything.
Off. Smith turned on the vehicle and it allegedly turned immediately onto Orange Street without using a blinker. The vehicle allegedly quickly turned into a parking lot at that location and park in a parking spot. A female allegedly exited the car with a purse and ran for her life.
Off. Smith parked his vehicle and made contact with the driver, Mercedes Rashade Nesbitt, 30 of West Grand Avenue in Hot Springs. Off. Smith says that he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the white Chrysler Crossfire. Off. Smith asked Mr. Nesbitt for consent to search the vehicle he was in command of. Mr. Nesbitt allegedly gave consent to search. Allegedly found under the driver’s seat was a bag containing 3 baggies of cocaine totaling 3.2 grams of cocaine and a digital scale with residue that resembled the cocaine.
Mr. Nesbitt was arrested, transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with Felony Possession Of Cocaine With Intent To Deliver and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond amount totaling $7,500.