Report: Absconder arrested with drug paraphernalia

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – A probation absconder was arrested Tuesday evening in Jonesboro during a traffic stop.

Just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Investigator Chris Jefferson with Jonesboro Police Department Street Crimes Unit stopped a gold Chevy Impala near the intersection of Allen and Church streets because of an expired set of tags. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver, Johnny Bailey, 36, of Jonesboro, jumped out with a black bag in his hand, the report said. The officer told him to get back into the car and drop the bag, to which he did. 

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After checking his information, the officer learned Bailey had seven confirmed misdemeanor warrants for his arrest through JPD. He had a suspended license as well and was also a probation absconder. Bailey was arrested.

During a probation search of the vehicle, a clear glass meth pipe was found in the bag the man had been holding.

He faces charges for felony absconding and felony possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to citations for no insurance, no license, expired tags and the seven warrants for public service work.

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