Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Combs and Officer First Class Lewis report that they were dispatched to the Higdon Ferry Road area April 28, 2021, around midnight in reference to 2 suspicious people checking car doors. The caller also told 911 Operators that a car alarm was going off and that the suspects were now traveling North on Higdon Ferry Road in an unlicensed tan Ford F-150.
Officer Greene quickly found the tan truck and conducted a traffic stop on it. Off. Greene and back-up officers made contact with the driver of the truck and the passenger, Jeremiah Lukus Covey, 18, of Glen Meadow Street in Hot Springs. The driver was not mentioned again in the police report.
Mr. Covey told officers that a firearm was in the back seat. Both occupants were asked to exit the truck and they did. Officers asked Mr. Covey what they were doing in the area and he replied that they were going to a buddy’s house. Mr. Covey appeared extremely nervous and kept looking around.
Mr. Covey’s pertinents were checked through the police computer. The check revealed that Mr. Covey is a convicted felon. Convicted felons may not possess firearms in the state of Arkansas. Mr. Covey was arrested.
The truck was searched. During the search, officers found a .22 caliber rifle, a .22 caliber pistol, 2 scales, 2.8 grams of marijuana and 2 marijuana pipes.
The complainant was taken to the scene of the traffic stop and positively identified Mr. Covey as 1 of the suspects that was checking car doors.
Mr. Covey was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Possession Of A Firearm By Certain Persons, Possession Of A Controlled Substance and Possession Of A Controlled Substance x4 with bond set at $10,000