All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Larkin was on patrol in the area of Broadway Street near Malvern Avenue last week when he allegedly observed a 2005 Nissan Altima change lanes several times as his police car approached, then made a turn without using the blinker. Off. Larkin conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Civic Street.
Contact was made with the driver, Daniel Johnathan Mendieta, 20, homeless in Hot Springs. The report states that Mr. Mendieta appeared to be upset and stated several times that he was having a bad day. Mr. Mendieta’s information was run through the police computer and it was learned that he was on parole with a search waiver on file.
Off. Larkin had Parolee Mendieta exit the vehicle for search. In the car, officers allegedly found 2 meth pipes under the driver’s seat, a scale and an Alprazolam pill.
Parolee Mendieta was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia And Possession Of A Controlled Substance with a bond amount totaling $3,500. He was also issued traffic citations for Driving Without A License and No Proof Of Liability Insurance.