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Fleeing With Meth..”Because I Get More Pussy”..Allegedly; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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Hot Springs Police Officer Plummer and HSPD K-9 Officer Smith responded to the 500 Block of Trivista Right yesterday in reference to a call from a neighbor about a suspicious woman entering a residence through a window.  According to the neighbor, 2 men live at the residence; 1 of which (the caller believes) is currently in jail.

Officer Smith went to the rear of the residence and surprised Donavan Rufus Coates, 32, of Watt Street in Hot Springs.  Mr. Coates was wearing a heavy winter jacket and a backpack when he noticed the uniformed policeman.  Mr. Coates allegedly immediately ran from the officer.

Donavan Rufus Coates, 32, of Watt Street in Hot Springs – allegedly behind a house, running from cops and in possession of meth.

The chase made it’s way through backyards and to the 500 Block of Trivista Left where Mr. Coates gave up.  He was handcuffed and sat on the curb.  When asked why he was running, Mr. Coates allegedly explained that he ran because he “was tired of getting jumped”.  He allegedly went on to explain to the officers that he is very paranoid because everyone in Hot Springs is out to get him because he quote, “gets more pussy than them”, end quote.  The police report does not specify whether the officers believed his claim or not.

Mr. Coates allegedly gave officers permission to search the backpack he was carrying.

The officers noticed a pair of nail clippers that Mr. Coates was sitting on.  When asked about the nail clippers, Mr. Coates allegedly said that they were for clipping his nails.

When searched, officers allegedly located a 1.5 ft. length of heavy metal chain in his sweatpants pocket.  When asked about the chain, Mr. Coates allegedly told officers that he used it to secure his bicycle.  When asked where the bicycle was, Mr. Coates allegedly said that it was not where he left it (behind the residence where officers found him).  No lock or securing mechanism was found and officers say that this amount of chain is too short to secure a bicycle to anything effectively.

A loaded syringe was found along the pursuit route.  As soon as Mr. Coates saw the syringe he allegedly stated that the syringe was not his.  Later, during questioning, he allegedly stated that someone had put it in his pocket.  When asked who put the syringe in his pocket, Mr. Coates allegedly said that no one put it in his pocket.  His finally answer during the quiz was that the syringe is not his.

The contents of the syringe field tested positive for +/- 1 gram of meth.

Mr. Coates is charged with Felony Weapon Possession During Controlled Substance Offense, Felony Possession Of Meth, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Fleeing with a bond amount totaling $ – bond not available.