Overdose call sends police to man with a load of warrants

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car on a traffic stop. Photo by Stan Morris

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man with warrants from four jurisdictions and ten warrants from Jonesboro alone was released Tuesday because the jail was full.

At 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, JPD Officer Keith Baggett was dispatched to a possible overdose call at a location masked in the incident report. He arrived to find Charles E. Oakes, 60, inside. The report said he appeared to have taken an unknown amount of prescription nerve medication belonging to a friend. 

Oakes was in a Medic One ambulance for treatment when the officer arrived. He was found in a state of confusion and couldn’t sit still. He denied taking any medication or trying to harm himself. He had dried yellow saliva around his mouth.

The man was transported to St. Bernard’s Medical Center for treatment.

He was found to have warrants out of Jonesboro, Lepanto, Marked Tree and Lawrence County. In Jonesboro, alone, he had seven contempt of court warrants for not paying fines, two COC warrants for not doing his public service work and one COC stop lifting class warrant.

Due to the jail not accepting any misdemeanor arrests, he was cited and released. His court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. August 16, 2017. Lepanto gave him a court date of 9 a.m. on August 31, through the arresting officer. Lawrence County advised to have him contact their department. Marked Tree declined any action, the report concluded.

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