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Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Jonathan Smith reports the following:
On 08/15/19 at approximately 1254 hours I, Ofc Jonathan Smith #153, was traveling eastbound in the 700 block of Albert Pike when I observed a red 2001 Ford F-150 traveling eastbound in front of me with a front passenger side tire almost completely out of air (flat). I observed the vehicle leaning towards the front passenger side tire, observing the [tire] to be defective and unsafe.
I activated my emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 600 block of Albert Pike. The vehicle came to a stop in the parking lot of Cleo’s Furniture (621 Albert Pike), where contact was made with the sole occupant of the vehicle (driver), Tony Bice.
Bice stated that he did not have a driver’s license, insurance, nor the registration for the vehicle. An ACIC check was conducted on both Bice and the vehicle. Bice returned out of ACIC with several non-extraditable warrants out of Kansas and Texas, but did show a valid warrant out of Benton Police Department. The truck returned to a subject who has several narcotics arrests within the past couple of years.
While talking with Bice I asked for his consent to search the vehicle. Bice’s head dropped to his chest and he said quietly, “what if I give you the dope.” I asked him what kind of dope and where it was. He stated in his cupholder and that it was methamphetamine, but it wasn’t his it was a female’s that he had given a ride to the previous night. I detained Bice (handcuffed behind his back, checked for fit, and double locked) at that time and conducted a search of the vehicle.
In the front cup holder of the vehicle I located a silver container with the inscription, “I love you to the moon and back.” Inside the container I located a small plastic baggie with a a clear crystal substance inside it (field tested positive for the presumptive identification of methamphetamine, weighed at the Garland County Detention Center 0.5 grams inside the plastic container).
Bice was transported to the Garland County Detention Center where he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) and issued traffic citation 376769 for his traffic violations. He has a bond amount totaling $2,500 and a parole hold was placed.