Traffic stop leads to felony tampering arrest

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – An encounter which began under minor circumstances became serious felony accusations over the Labor Day weekend in Jonesboro.

The incident happened Sunday evening at 7:11 p.m. on Nettleton Avenue in Jonesboro. Jonesboro police officer Michael Talley noticed a black Crown Victoria with what he thought was improper tint. When the officer began a traffic stop, the suspect vehicle stopped – and then reportedly took off again.

Talley radioed for backup and pulled the driver over once again, according to the incident report. The tint checked out as 18%. While checking it, the officer smelled marijuana and detained the man for a search. While checking the suspect, Eric H. Thomas, 32, of Jonesboro, a glass meth pipe was reportedly found. Marijuana was also found in the air vent of the vehicle, which the officer asked the suspect about. He reported the suspect admitted to trying to hide it in the vent.

Thomas was arrested for a felony probation violation, along with felony tampering with evidence and felony possession charges. He also will have to deal with misdemeanor charges for improper tint, no liability insurance proof and no driver’s license.

He was taken to Craighead County Detention Center.

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