Mistaken traffic stop leads to meth arrest

JONESBORO, Ark. – An officer accidentally misread the license plate number of a car and pulled them over Tuesday morning in Jonesboro, but before the encounter was over, an arrest was made and it was no accident.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. January 2, 2018, Officer Austin Morgan with JPD pulled over a 2006 Chrysler Sebring, gold in color. The officer thought the license plate was fictitious but he reported he had misread the plate. Already mid-way through the traffic stop, the Morgan approached the driver, Jacob L. Haney, 27, of Jonesboro and told he and his passenger what had happened. He told them they were free to go. However, Morgan noticed the two seemed, “especially nervous.”

As the vehicle was driving off, the officer ran the plates again and this time, realized that Haney had been cited in the vehicle. He found that Haney had a suspended license. Around this time, the vehicle pulled into the Park Place Inn – Haney still reportedly driving.

For a second time, the officer contacted Haney. This time, his passenger had fled the scene. Another officer noted the passenger peeked around the corner and then ran away.

Officers deployed a K9 unit to detect narcotics. The dog appeared to find a positive sign of drugs by sniffing intently through his nose and then sitting, to alert his handler of a find. In between the passenger seat and center console was a meth pipe.

Haney. Source: CCDC

Haney insisted the pipe belonged to the passenger who fled the scene. Still, he was arrested for driving on a suspended license and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Craighead County Detention Center shortly before 2 a.m.

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