Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Hampton reports that he was on patrol April 7, 2021, around 1AM, when he spotted a white Chevrolet Cruze driving left of center and no seatbelt on the driver. He turned on the blue lights and stopped the car on Bayou Point Road at Albert Pike Road.
Deputy Hampton made contact with the driver, Patsy Diane Ragsdale, 51, of Tenth Street in Mountain Pine. Ms. Ragsdale had red, bloodshot, watery eyes and was making erratic movements inside the vehicle. He asked her if she had recently consumed any alcohol or illegal substances. She appeared to be very nervous before answering the question. Then, said “no”.
Dep. Hampton has had prior dealings with Ms. Ragsdale and personally knows her to be a long time user of Meth. He asked her to be honest with him. She began to get emotional and begged for her car to not be impounded.
Dep. Hampton asked why would her car be impounded and she said “I snorted some meth a couple of hours ago”. She exited the car and continued to make the erratic movements as well as swayed around while standing.
Ms. Ragsdale was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. GCSO Corporal Cogburn is a certified Drug Recognition Expert. He arrived at the booking room to assist with the DWI assessment. In his expert opinion, Ms. Ragsdale was under the influence of a stimulant and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Ms. Ragsdale is charged with DWI Drugs with bond set at $1,000.