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Report posted by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer J. Ugartechea reports the following:
On 09/09/19 at approximately 2139 hours, I Off. J. Ugartechea was responding to a clothing store in the 4400 block of Central Avenue in reference to a theft.
While en route, dispatch advised that the vehicle involved (2008 Cadillac CTS) had fled the area onto Lakeland Drive, and then onto Lake Hamilton Drive.
I Off. J. Ugartechea arrived in the area of Lake Hamilton Drive/Central Avenue, and observed the vehicle making a left turn onto Central Avenue. I initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Grand Isle/Central Avenue, where the female passenger fled behind a business.
I ordered the driver back to me and with assistance of other officers, was able to place him into custody without incident.
Inside the vehicle in plain view, a syringe containing a brown liquid, a plastic bag containing a crystal like substance (0.6 grams), and a blue diamond grinder containing marijuana residue was located.
Mr. Shemaitis was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x2, with a bond amount totaling $4,500.