On July 27 a Greenwood officer was stationary in the work zone located on Highway 71, between Mt. Zion and Hwy 10. He observed a vehicle approaching above the posted speed limit and a male subject on the phone. The officer activated his emergency lights and caught up to the
vehicle. The driver made numerous furtive movements towards the
passenger side of the car. The subject also continually looked in the side mirror at me and exited his car. I told him to get back in the car and asked for an additional officer. The officer made contact with driver David Roten, 30 of Greenwood. The driver stated that he had got a call from his girlfriend saying her water had broke and that she was in labor. He also informed the officer that he didn’t have a license and was trying to get there to help her or he wouldn’t be driving. The officer obtained Roten’s license and the information on his girlfriend. The officer asked the county to go to the residence to check the welfare on the female subject, and ran Roten through the Sebastian County Dispatch. Dispatch advised that Roten had
two outstanding warrants and was an absconder from parole. Mansfield Police responded to the address and made contact with the girlfriend, who was also the owner of the vehicle. She stated that she was not pregnant and had only known Roten for about two weeks. She further stated that he stole the car or took it without asking. Roten was placed into custody. Located in his front pocket, a pair of brass knuckles and suspected marijuana debris was located in the area where he was reaching. found to be in
possession of a pair of brass knuckles that were located in his front pocket. Suspected marijuana debris was located in the area where he was reaching. Roten was transported to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center and was booked in on the two warrants and an absconding charge. Roten was issued citations for driving with license revoked, speeding, and using a handheld device in a work zone.
On July 28 at 5:58 p.m., a Greenwood officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle whose license plate did not match. The officer made contact with the driver, Autumn Summit, 20 of Coal Hill. After explaining the reason for the stop, Summit stated she did not have her license with her and provided a false name and date of birth. After speaking with Summit further, she provided the officer with the correct information. The officer sought consent to search the vehicle. In that search the officer located a glass smoking pipe with suspected methamphetamine inside. This item was
located in a plastic bag, sunk inside a McDonald’s coffee, in the center console. Additionally, a multicolored smoking pipe with marijuana residue and marijuana roaches were located. These items were located in a shopping style bag in the front passenger area of the vehicle. On the front passenger seat, the officer located a butane lighter. In the back seat of the
vehicle were Summit’s four year old boy and three year old daughter.
A check of Summit’s information revealed her license was suspended and she had a Felony warrant for her arrest out of Pope County for contempt. Summit contacted someone to come and take possession of her vehicle and custody of her children. Summit was placed under arrest and transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center. While en-route, Summit complained of the cuffs hurting. The officer stopped and adjusted them. Once at the jail she was booked on the following charges:
27-14-307 – Fictitious Tags
27-14-314(a)(2)(A) – Failure to Register Vehicle
5-54-102 – Obstructing Governmental Operations
27-16-303 – Driving While License Suspended
5-64-443(a)(1) – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
5-64-443(a)(2) – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Felony)
5-64-419(b)(2)(A) – Possession of Schedule I or II Controlled Substance LT 2g
5-27-207 – Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 3rd Degree 2x
Pope County Warrant
On July 28 at 11:55 p.m., a Greenwood officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle that did not have a functioning license plate light. The occupants of that vehicle were, driver Jonathan Nave 36 of Fort Smith, and passenger Lewis McFarland, 28 of Pocola, OK. Dispatch located two warrants for
McFarland’s arrest. Both were failure to appear cash bonds, one out of the City of Greenwood and one out of the City of Fort Smith. Additionally, Dispatch located a warrant for Nave’s arrest. The warrant was for contempt – failure to pay fines and out of the City of Fort Smith. Both were placed under arrest and transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center
On July 29 at approximately 1:12 a.m., a Greenwood officer was traveling east on East Center Street when he observed a SUV travel left of center. After observing the violation, he initiated a traffic stop. The
vehicle came to a stop on East Center Street, near its intersection with Aster Street. The officer made contact with the driver, Michael Suttles, 40 of Greenwood. He advised Suttles of the reason for the stop. Suttles stated he knew he went left of center, but was on his way home from work. Suttles failed to provide the officer with either a driver’s license or insurance.
He did provide an Arkansas ID card. ACIC/NCIC and Sebastian County Dispatch confirmed a warrant his arrest. Suttles was placed under arrest and transported to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center without incident.
On July 31 at approximately 9:05 p.m., an officer was traveling west on West Center Street behind a maroon Mitsubishi Montero bearing Arkansas license plate 041ZIJ. He ran the license plate and it returned to
Nickalas Turner, 39, from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Turner also showed to have two outstanding warrants. The officer initiated a traffic stop on West Center Street, near its intersection with Ulmer Street. The officer made contact with the driver and observed his hands trembling and his voice shaking. After running Turner’s information through ACIC/NCIC, Sebastian County Dispatch advised of one warrant from Farmington, but was outside extradition. The officer asked for the Fayetteville warrant to be confirmed through the Fayetteville Police Department. Based on Turner’s demeanor, the officer asked him to exit the vehicle and for consent to search the vehicle, which he denied. The officer asked if he had ever been arrested and he advised that he had not. The officer had reasonable suspicion to detain Turner due to his behavior, lying and the pending response from the Fayetteville PD. The officer asked for an available K9. While waiting for the K9, the officer was advised by dispatch that Fayetteville PD would confirm the warrant if charges were established in Greenwood. Once the K9 unit arrived, the handling officer ran the K9 around the exterior of the vehicle and advised of a positive alert. A probable cause search of the vehicle was then executed. During the search, the officer discovered a white crystal like substance, believed to be methamphetamine, in a plastic bag in a cigarette
pack in the center console. He also discovered a plastic bag containing 5 ½ orange pills with the imprint 1-2 on them believed to be Clonazepam and 3 white pills with the imprint 377 on them believed to be Tramadol. Once establishing charges in Greenwood, Fayetteville PD confirmed the warrant for Turner’s arrest. After completing the search, Turner was placed under arrest and transported to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center without incident.
On July 31, at 10:13 p.m., a Greenwood officer made a traffic stop on vehicle that had plates that did not match. Driver, Nicholas Evans, 39 of Parks was driving on a suspended license. He was issued a criminal citation to appear for Driving On a Suspended License
On August 1 at 3:37 a.m., a Greenwood officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle for not having a license plate light. Driver Joshua Joslin was driving with a suspended license and was issued a criminal citation to appear for driving on a suspended license.
On August 2 at 2:06 a.m., a Greenwood officer made a traffic stop on driver Gregory Hohimer, 60 of Booneville. Hohimer was driving with a suspended license. The officer confirmed with dispatch that Hohimer had two outstanding warrants, one out of Greenwood for failure to appear, and the other out of Barling for failure to pay (fine.) Hohimer was arrested and
transported to the Sebastian County Detention Center, without incident.
**The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.**