Traffic stop becomes warrant, meth arrest

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man driving in a vehicle with the wrong plates found himself behind bars for several felony charges.

On Wednesday evening around 6:15 p.m., Jonesboro Police Department Officer Bryan Bailey noticed a red Nissan Altima with a license plate registered to a white Ford Explorer. When the officer stopped the suspect, David Shane Anderson, 33, of Jonesboro, the man properly advised him of having a gun with a chambered round in the center console. As is procedure, the officer had Anderson exit the vehicle while he sorted through the situation.

Once the officer retrieved the weapon and secured it, he ran Anderson through dispatch and learned of two warrants in Jonesboro and one in Cross County for his arrest. Anderson was searched and placed into custody. During the search, the suspect reportedly told the officer he had methamphetamine in his pocket. The officer retrieved the baggie without incident.

The officer then located a glass meth pipe with residue in the center console.

Anderson was taken to Craighead County Detention Center without incident. He faces felony charges of possession of meth and paraphernalia, along with the bench warrant. In addition, he faces several charges for driving while on a suspended license, having no proof of insurance, and other violations.

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