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In the late evening hours on 7/16/2017, Hot Springs Police officer Vanderburg made a routine traffic stop on a grey Dodge Charger for alleged traffic violation(s).
When Officer Vanderburg made contact with the vehicle occupants he allegedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
The officer also allegedly observed what appeared to be a green leafy substance that is consistent with marijuana in the lap of the passenger and on the door handle next to the passenger.
Officer Vanderburg requested a second officer to assist him.
When HSPD Officer Lewis arrived the officers advised the occupants of the car, identified as Tarryl Carter and Nathan Davis, of the observation of the marijuana.
When Officer Vanderburg requested to search the vehicle, the driver, Tarryl Carter, allegedly told the officers that the passenger, Nathan Davis, had “just got done rolling a blunt”.
Both suspects exited the vehicle simultaneously and Davis fled the scene.
Officer Lewis immediately pursued Davis on foot.
While pursuing Davis, Officer Lewis stepped into a hole and fell down, tearing a hole in his uniform and slightly injuring his arm.
Officer Lewis was able to regain his footing and attempted to continue the chase.
Officer Vanderburg was able to maintain control of Mr. Carter as Officer Lewis pursued Davis.
Davis was not apprehended at the time.
The officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located a small baggie containing .6g of an unknown white powdery substance between the passenger seat and the center console.
A green cigar brand “Pom Pom” bag was also located near the passenger.
Carter allegedly said he was unaware what the powder substance was or that it was in the vehicle.
The white powdery substance was field tested and showed positive for the presumptive identification of cocaine.
Both suspects were charged with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and Possession Of A Schedule VI Controlled Substance.
Affidavits were sworn out for Mr. Davis and arrest warrants were issued. Additional charges for Mr. Davis include Fleeing and Criminal Mischief.
Mr. Davis was located by the Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol last week and arrested on the outstanding warrants.