Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on February 27, 2020 at 2:26 AM for VIP Members at the private AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group. To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Howerton reports that she was on patrol in the area of Arby’s on Central Avenue yesterday morning around 2AM when she found a U-Haul pick-up truck driving on city streets without lights on.
She conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Michael Wayne Mitchell, 30, of Brookhill Ranch Road in Garland County, and passenger, Jima Dawn Marshall, 23, of Fred Place in Hot Springs. The duo appeared very nervous and fidgety. Off. Howerton asked for Mr. Mitchell’s drivers license. He handed over the license and said that he didn’t have paperwork on the rental truck. Ms. Marshall gave the name of the authorized renter and suggested that they have pics of the rental agreement sent as text to her cell phone.
Mr. Mitchell’s pertinents were checked through the police computer. He showed to be clear and valid. However, Ms. Marshall’s pertinents showed , when run through the police computer, that she was a wanted absconding, convicted felon, parolee with 3 warrants and a search waiver on file. Parolee Marshall was arrested on the spot. While searching the parolee, Off. Howerton found a stolen, loaded Taurus .380 pistol in a holster on her hip. A glass meth pipe and a digital scale was pulled out of her jacket pockets.
Mr. Mitchell was detained as well at this point. He asked to have his cell phone, but couldn’t say where it was. When asked if it was on his person, he said he didn’t know. HSPD Officer Larkin patted him down and felt what he though would be a cell phone. He removed the item and discovered that it was a digital scale with meth residue on it. Mr. Mitchell was arrested.
A search of the vehicle was conducted. Inside the rented U-Haul truck, officers located 4 baggies containing approximately 31.3 grams of meth.
Both suspects were transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Mr. Mitchell is charged with Felony Possession Of Meth With Intent To Deliver, Felony Unauthorized Use Of Another Person’s Property To Facilitate A Crime, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and traffic offenses and was initially held on a $20,000 Bond.
Parolee Marshall is charged with Felony Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, Felony Possession Of Meth With Intent To Deliver, Felony Unauthorized Use Of Another Person’s Property To Facilitate A Crime, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia x2, Felony Firearm Possession, Felony Theft By Receiving and a Failure To Appear Warrant was served. Parolee Marshall was being held with no bond available.