Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Barrett and Officer First Class W. Smith report that they were dispatched to investigate a traffic crash at the intersection of Quapaw Avenue and Orange Street July 20, 2021, around 3AM. A red Mitsubishi Lancer displaying an expired temporary tag collided with a utility pole at that location.
Officers arrived and made contact with the driver, Laurann Michelle Tichnell, 35, of Twinklestar Trail in Garland County. Ms. Tichnell was observed by officers as having bloodshot/watery eyes, slurred speech and had the odor of intoxicants coming from her breath and person. They also detected the extremely strong odor of marijuana coming from the Mitsubishi. Numerous empty and unopened beer cans were in plain view inside the vehicle.
Ms. Tichnell exited the car and had trouble walking. She had to hold onto the car for stability. She was uncooperative during the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and continuously started and stopped the tests. Ultimately, she was not able to complete a single test. She was arrested.
Ms. Tichnel made a spontaneous utterance which put her at recently drinking at a bar.
During the inventory prior to towing the vehicle, officers located 5 individual bags of marijuana (approximately 8 ounces combined weight) packaged for resale, a marijuana hash ball (3 grams), a small container of THC wax and a digital scale with marijuana residue on it.
Ms. Tichnel advised that the ball of marijuana wax sells for $60.
Ms. Tichnel was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. During the booking process, Ms. Tichnel provided a breath sample of .182% BAC (over twice the legal limit). She is charged with Possession Of A controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and DWI with bond set at $5,500.