Oklahoma woman found wandering roads in Arkansas

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – Jonesboro Police Department Officer Tanner Huff tried not to arrest Amber Melina Rose West, 22, of Vinita, Oklahoma on Monday.

It was around 6 AM Monday morning in Jonesboro he responded to the area of Nettleton and Broadmoor in reference to a “welfare check.” He arrived and made contact with West who reportedly had been in the street.

“I asked her what she was doing outside running down the street,” Huff reported. “She would not answer any of my questions. All I was able to get from her was a few words at a time that did not make any sense. I suspected her to be under the influence of narcotics. I asked her if she had taken anything tonight. She stated that she had taken some Hydrocodone. I advised her that she needed to go home and asked her where she lived. She told me that she did not know where she lived. I asked her for her name and she did not know.”

Huff identified her and told her to stay out of the street on her walk home. Unfortunately, the woman was in a difficult way. The officer watched as, after several blocks, she stumbled back out into the street. The officer offered to give her a ride if she could tell him where she lived. Tragically, she couldn’t remember. Her address was listed as Vinita, Oklahoma in the police report.

The officer asked again what she had taken but the 22-year-old this time claimed nothing.

“I then informed her that she just told me a few minutes ago that she had taken Hydrocodone,” Huff said. “She stated that she did not remember this conversation. She then said that she did drink some alcohol earlier. She also made a comment about smoking heroin, but I was unable to get her to elaborate on this.”

The officer determined she was a danger to herself and others and placed her under arrest for public intoxication. She was taken to Craighead County Detention Center where a sobriety hold was placed on her.


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  1. Why did it take so long to arrest her on public intox? And why would you encourage a clearly confused woman to walk to a neighboring state!? Like, wheeeeeetttttt?

  2. Did sex trafficking not ever cross this officers mind. Especially if she was under the influence and from Vinita, Ok? Big RED FLAG in my book!

  3. I’m just thankful that the officer stayed around to make sure she was ok this is my sister she needs help

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