Arrest Report 11/15

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Rogelio Abina Acosta of Greenwood was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on November 20 at 10:55 p.m. and released on legally sufficient bond on November 21 at 9:52 a.m. Acosta was charged with driving while intoxicated – 1st offense and refusal to submit to a chemical test – adult.

Charles Acker Gough of Greenwood was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on November 16 at 11:15 a.m. and remains at the SCADC. Gough was charged with domestic battering third degree (purposely) misdemeanor.

John Michael Groen of Greenwood was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on November 16 at 2:15 a.m. and released on signature bond November 16 12:55 p.m. Groen was charged with driving while intoxicated 1st offense, and reckless driving 1st offense.

Thomas Joseph Grooms of Greenwood was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on November 19 at 2:25 a.m. and released on cash bond November 20 at 1:04 p.m. Grooms was charged with contempt of court–(child support), FTAS, FTRespond subpoena, FTComply WCO.

Ricky Lee Perry of Greenwood was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on November 19 at 3 p.m. and released on signature bond November 19 at 10:06 p.m. Perry was charged with possession of controlled substance – schedule I/II felony <2g, and possession of drug paraphernalia – ingest meth/cocaine.

Daniel Lee Thorpe of Greenwood was booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center on November 16 at 3:15 p.m. and released on signature bond November 17 at 4:29 a.m. Thorpe was charged with driving while intoxicated – 1st offense, possession of controlled substance – schedule I/II felony <2g, and driving while license cancelled/suspended/revoked.

Arresting Agency – Greenwood Police Department:
On 11/20/2020 at approximately 4 p.m. a Greenwood officer was was traveling Northbound on HWY 71 and ran an Oklahoma license plate. The registration of the vehicle was shown to be expired. He initiated a traffic stop in the Tractor Supply parking lot. Upon making contact with the two occupants inside, the officer asked if they would both provide
identification, which they did. The driver Joshua Piersant, was showing to be wanted from out of state for burglary, with in-state extradition only. The passenger, Derick Woodard, 38 of Poteau, OK, was showing to be wanted by the Alma Police Department. The officer then removed both Woodard and Piersant from the vehicle, and was granted permission to search the vehicle by Piersant. Nothing illegal was found. Woodard’s warrant from Alma was confirmed. Woodard was placed under arrest and transported to SCADC without incident.

On 11/22/2020 at 7:41 p.m., a Greenwood officer made contact with Chase Hughes, 35 of Fort Smith, in the parking lot of Julz Bakery after learning
he had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Upon making contact and confirming his identity, the officer placed Hughes in handcuffs, and had dispatch confirm the following warrants: petition to revoke, failure to appear, and failure to pay. Once the warrants were confirmed, he was transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center without incident.

On Saturday November 21 at approximately 8:50 p.m. a Greenwood officer was advised by dispatch to be on the lookout for a white GMC truck that was allegedly swerving all over the road. The officer pulled into the Flash
Market parking lot and within a couple of minutes observed a vehicle
matching the description given, and began to follow behind. He observed the tag on the vehicle to match the tag given of the BOLO vehicle and continued to watch for probable cause for a stop. While traveling east bound on E. Center St., the officer observed the vehicle to speed up to approximately 66 m.p.h. in a 55 zone. As he continued to follow, the vehicle crossed the center lane line on three separate occasions, crossed the fog line once, and continued to drive on the center line for approximately 40 to 50 yards. Observing these infractions, the officer initiated his blue emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of E. Center St. and Best Way where he made contact with the driver. Upon his initial contact, the officer could smell a strong
odor of intoxicants coming from his person, and noticed his eyes to be blood shot and watery. After identifying himself, he informed the driver the reason for the stop and requested his driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle registration. As he was looking for these items, the officer noticed the grip of a pistol protruding from under the center console, and asked the driver if he had a concealed carry permit. He stated he did not. Due to officer safety, he requested the driver exit his vehicle in order to secure the pistol during the traffic stop. He complied with the request and was patted down for any additional weapons. Once the pistol was secured, the officer
returned to the driver identified as Kyle David Helms, 28 of Booneville. The officer asked Helms how much he had to drink and he stated he had about three or four beers. The officer told him, due to his manner of driving, he
was going to have him perform a series of standardized field sobriety tests.
After completing these tests, the officer requested him to provide a breath sample. He agreed to provide a sample and the portable breath test had a final result of .17. He was then placed in cuffs and into the in the back of the patrol car. Helms was then transported to the Greenwood Police Department for a certified breath test. Once at the Police Department he was given a copy of his D.W.I. rights, and after reading over each of his rights he initialed next to each one and stated he understood them. He agreed to provide a breath sample which resulted in a final BrAC test result of .17 at 9:51 p.m. After completing the required paperwork, he was again placed in cuffs in the front of him, and transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center to be booked in on the charge of D.W.I 1st offence without further incident. In addition to the D.W.I. he was written a citation for speeding and driving left of center.

*The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.**

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; Editor - Resident Press. 20+ years experience in the news.

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