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On October 6th, 2017 at about 7:40pm, Hot Springs Police Officer Greene noticed a black Saturn station wagon traveling along Central Avenue which was allegedly displaying a license plate returning to a red Chevrolet Tahoe.
The Saturn made a sharp turn onto St Louis Street and the officer was unable to follow. Officer Greene caught up with the Saturn a couple blocks later and stopped the car.
Inside the vehicle were two young women, Courtney Ables and Haylee Winkle; neither of whom were able to produce any form of ID.
Officer Greene asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle. Ms. Ables allegedly said that a pellet gun was between her and the vehicle’s center console. Officer Green took control of the gun and allegedly noticed a hypodermic needle on the middle console in plain sight.
Ms. Ables allegedly advised that she had a narcotics pipe in her purse. Officers located and seized that pipe.
Allegedly visible through Ms. Winkle’s clear plastic purse were her Arkansas Driver’s License and a small pouch. The pouch was later found to contain a hypodermic syringe filled with approximately .2 grams of a clear substance and $200 cash. Ms. Ables allegedly told the officer that the substance in her needle was methamphetamine. Officers field tested the substance and it came back positive for meth.
Ables was released at the scene on citation and traffic warning.
Ms. Winkle allegedly stated that she uses meth regularly, but never has to purchase it.
Ms. Winkle was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance.