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At approximately 3AM last Thursday Morning, Hot Springs Police Officers were dispatched to the 700 Block of Leonard Street to investigate a loud, suspicious, occupied vehicle that was reportedly parked in an ally.
Hot Springs Police Officer Howerton arrived in the area and observed a white, older model pick-up truck that matched the description of the suspicious vehicle, driving on Emory St.
The officer pulled up behind the vehicle, at which point the vehicle abruptly parked in the grass in the 200 block of Emory Street and a male and female exited the truck.
Hot Spring Police Officer Ford arrived to backup Off. Howerton.
Off. Howerton had the HSPD Dispatcher to do a computer check of the male suspect. Dispatched advised that the man, Joseph Chairmonte, 46 was wanted out of Saline County.
The suspect was arrested.
When Off. Ford searched Mr. Chiarmonte, he allegedly found a cloth bag containing 1.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a scale, a thin metal tube, and a spoon.
In addition, a glass pipe with residue was allegedly found under Chiarmonte’s jacket, in the passenger seat where he was sitting.
The suspected methamphetamine was field tested and came back positive for the presumptive identification of meth.
Mr. Chairmonte was taken to the Garland County Detention Center where he was charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held at the Garland County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond with a hold for Saline County following his arrest.
The report did not mention the female again.