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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.
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