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Hot Springs Police Officer Brown was on patrol earlier this month in the the area of TV Hill and Central Avenue when he saw a truck with what he believed to be displaying expired tags. A computer check though dispatched confirmed the tags had expired in February of 2018 and he attempted to stop the the truck.
Immediately upon stopping the truck in the 3300 Block of Central Avenue, the driver, later identified as Eric McClard, age 38 of Hot Springs, allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and ran through the Planet Fitness Parking Lot where he was arrested with no problem.
When asked his name, the driver allegedly provided false information, and stated that he ran because he was an opiate addict. A search of his person was conducted and 2 hypodermic needles were found.
Mr. McClard was transported to the Garland County Detention Center. His charges include: Fleeing, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Obstruction Of Governmental Operations as well as a traffic ticket for the expired tags. His bond amount totaled $3,500.00 A computer check during the booking process also revealed that he was a wanted person out of Washington County.