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Suspect Allegedly Gives Fake Name Of A Wanted Person During Traffic Stop; Felony Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

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Report posted by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman

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Hot Springs Police Officer Sampson reports the following:

On 9/1/19 at approximately 2240 I, Officer Sampson #144, who was working DWI enforcement, observed a blue Ford Escort traveling south on Central Ave. with expired tags.

The vehicle turned onto Higdon Ferry, then turned right onto Woodlawn Ave.  By the time I caught up to the vehicle, the driver turned into a driveway in the 200 block of Woodlawn Ave.

I turned on my red and blue lights to conduct a traffic stop.  After advising the driver the reason for the traffic stop, he identified himself as Mark Thomas Smith.  A local ACIC check revealed a Failure to Appear warrant out of Garland County. Dispatch confirmed the warrant and Mark Smith was placed into custody.

I, Officer Sampson #144, conducted an inventory of the vehicle for the tow report.  Underneath the driver seat I located a brown “dime bag” that contained a blue glass pipe that contained a white powdery residue.  Through my training and experience I know a glass pipe is used for smoking methamphetamine.

At that time, I advised I was enroute with Mark Smith to the Garland County Detention Center.  Smith advised he wanted to be honest with me and gave his name of Jamie Smith.

Jamie Ray Smith AKA Mark Smith, 27, of Commerce Street in Hot Springs – allegedly gave fake name during a traffic stop that had a warrant attached to it.

A local ACIC check revealed two warrants out of Garland County.  Jamie was also the driver of a hit and run accident that I worked on 8/20/19.  Jamie fled the scene prior to Officers arrival.

Jamie Smith was charged with Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstructing Governmental Operations, two warrants and traffic citations, with a bond amount totaling $8,000