Suspended license suspect stopped with meth

JONESBORO, Ark. – A suspect made a critical error in asking police to grab her purse, leading to the discovery of meth and a pipe, a police report said.

At about 9:50 p.m. Thursday, the incident report from Jonesboro Police Department begins with a traffic stop of a silver Toyota Corolla headed southbound on Gee Street near Nettleton Circle. The car was seen swerving into the opposite lane of traffic multiple times by Officer Colton Brown, who began a traffic stop near the intersection of West Nettleton Avenue and Nettleton Circle. The vehicle stopped near Friarson Street.

Police made contact with the driver, Tammy Lynette Wade, 37, of Jonesboro, who said she didn’t have her license. She was breathing hard and shaking, the report said. Soon, police found out why. 

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Dispatch notified the officer her license was suspended and she had a failure to appear warrant from the City of Jonesboro. A photo of Wade was sent to the officer for confirmation. She was arrested without incident.

Wade called a relative to get her vehicle and then asked the officer if he could retrieve her purse so she would have all of her information at the jail. When an officer got it and began to search it, she quickly changed her mind and said they could put the purse back because she wouldn’t need it. It was too late.

The officer found a pouch in the purse, containing a glass pipe with suspected meth residue in it. A baggie of suspected meth was also found, weighing 0.9 grams. Wade stated it was meth, the report said.

Wade was taken to Craighead County Detention Center and booked. She faces felony charges of possession of meth and the paraphernalia, along with misdemeanors for failure to appear and driving with a suspended license. She bonded out of jail Sunday evening.

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