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Hot Springs Police Officer Sampson was on patrol in the area of Malvern Avenue and Lowery Street last week when he allegedly saw a gold 2008 Hyundai Elantra run a red light at the intersection.
Officer Sampson conducted a traffic stop on the car and the report states the driver was identified as Joseph James Utten, 32, of Lowery Street in Hot Springs.
A police computer check found that Mr. Utten had a valid Failure to Appear warrant out of HSPD.
Mr. Utten was asked to step out of the car and at that time the officer allegedly witnessed Mr. Utten attempt to remove something from his pocket. Off. Sampson reports that he told Mr. Utten twice to get his hands out of his pockets and step out of the car before he cooperated.
The report states the officer observed Mr. Utten remove a clear plastic bag from his pocket and place it between his seat and the middle console. Mr. Utten was arrested and put into the patrol car.
Off. Sampson allegedly located several baggies containing a combined total of approximately 8.4 grams of suspected meth. The report states that a digital scale and a broken glass pipe containing suspected methamphetamine residue were found in the glove box. There was also allegedly a bag containing several other empty clear plastic baggies.
Mr. Utten was transported to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with Failure To Appear, Felony Possession Of Meth and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x2 with a bond amount totaling $13,500.