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Felon Armed With Pistol, High On Meth, Stolen Boat…Dope Bust; Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

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Hot Springs Police Officers Plummer and Samuels were dispatched to the area of Chappel Hill Road in reference to a welfare check earlier this week for barefoot male in shorts, walking along the road and wrapped in a blanket.  The outside temperature at the time registered in at a refreshing 34 degrees Fahrenheit (water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit..the human body is approximately 65% water).

The officers found the man and checked him through the police computer.  HSPD dispatch was able to confirm that the man was a wanted person out of Garland County for Failure To Appear.

Jonathon Andrew Garver, 36, of Benton – convicted felon allegedly in possession of a pistol and meth, while shoeless in 34° weather

The wanted man, Jonathon Andrew Garver, 36, of Benton, was allegedly acting suspicious and held a large towel with his chin that hid his hands from the view of the officers.  Mr. Garver allegedly appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant and refused to obey simple commands.  He eventually, allegedly mumbled “I have a gun”.  Officers took him to the ground, ever so gently, and handcuffed him.

Mr. Garver was found to be holding a .22 caliber pistol in his hand as if for use as a firearm and over 99 rounds of .22 caliber bullets were found in his pockets.  However it is unknown whether the gun was loaded at the time the officer’s made initial contact with the suspect.  When officers retrieved the revolver pistol after the takedown, the gun’s cylinder (which holds the bullets) was not connected to the gun.

Mr. Garver’s alleged story was that he fell asleep in what he believed either was or was not his neighbor’s boat on Edgewater Circle and woke up near a dock on Chappel Hill Road.  The boat was located tied to a dock on Chappel Hill Road.  The owner was contacted and wants to press charges for Theft Of Property.  The boat was valued at $12,000.

Officers allegedly located approximately 3 grams of meth on Mr. Garver at the time of arrest.  Mr. Garver allegedly told officers that he was “high on meth” and requested that they “throw away” the meth.

Mr. Garver is charged with (Class Y) Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearm (Class Y is the highest felony class of criminal charge the State of Arkansas offers), Felony Possession Of Firearm By Certain Persons, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Felony Theft Of Property and Public Intoxication with a bond amount totaling $ – being held without bond.