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Hit and runners, drug dealers, and more arrested during weekend traffic stops
JONESBORO, Ark. – Several arrests were made over the weekend of suspects following traffic stops in Jonesboro.
A traffic stop for a defective red light ended in a chase early Saturday in Jonesboro. The stop began about 3:14 AM Saturday at Red Wolf and Nettleton. The driver, Brooke Ann Lofton, 24, of Jonesboro, told police she didn’t have her license. While the officer ran her name in his patrol vehicle, he noticed her door crack open. Then, Lofton exited and started running south into the parking lot of Food Smart. The officer caught up to her halfway through the parking lot. Lofton had a FTA warrant out of both Lawrence and Craighead County, a suspended license, and several suspected baggies of crystal methamphetamine on Lofton. Once officers searched the vehicle, they found many more – 22 baggies of suspected meth with blue devil faces on them. Four more baggies of meth were found without devil faces. Scales and a glass pipe were found, too. A burner phone (Straight Talk Wireless cell phone) and a calling card were found, too. Lofton was arrested on suspicion of being a meth dealer. She faces possession with intent to deliver and possession of paraphernalia charges, both felonies. Also, she’s being charged for fleeing, driving without a license, defective tail lamps, and the warrants.
Other Traffic Stops
At 3:24 PM Friday, a hit and run happened at Highland Drive and Red Wolf Boulevard. Although the suspect fled, authorities found him, went to his address, and cited him for leaving the scene of an accident. Rickey David Duhon, 65, of Jonesboro, was the driver cited.
A man was arrested after he was found wrecked into a parked vehicle at about 6 PM Friday at the 5900-block of Rees Road Friday. Joseph Mckenzie, 59, of Memphis, was arrested for DWI, criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a minor. The report said he had a minor in the vehicle when he was driving intoxicated.
A Lake City woman who caused a wreck and left the scene faces a DWI charge for drugs along with careless and prohibited driving. Cynthia Erway, 47, of Lake City, was involved in a wreck at about 5:30 PM Friday at Caraway and Parker Road. Instead of staying like she was supposed to, she left the scene. Authorities found her, took a urine sample and recovered an empty pill bottle for Alprazolam.
A defective tail light led to multiple citations being issued for both a driver and passenger early Saturday morning during the midnight hour. Samantha J. Jones, 32, and Johnny Gutierrez, 30, both of Jonesboro. Gutierrez was arrested for a parole violation and a failure to appear warrant. Jones appears to have been cited for driving with a suspended license and released from the scene (some of the report which should have been visible was redacted).
A traffic stop at South Culberhouse and Southwest Drive also happened during the midnight hour Saturday morning. Scentio Bernard Wallace, 36, of Corinth, MS, was driving on a suspended license and gave false information when stopped. He was cited for obstructing government operations, no proof of insurance, and driving without a license.
At 6:50 PM Saturday, a vehicle was stopped with a brake light out at Monroe and Floyd. During the stop, the officer found a single blue ecstasy pill and arrested Antessha Jones, 21, of Jonesboro.
A hit and run happened just before 8:25 PM Saturday at Browns Lane Access/Phillips Drive/South Caraway Road, the JPD report said. An older model pick-up rear-ended a woman, who tried to pull over after the accident. The driver made a right turn onto Browns Lane Access and fled the scene.
At 9:17 PM, a traffic stop began of a suspect with expired tags near the 600-block of Forest Park Drive. Gregory Howard, 53, of Paragould, was released from the scene. The report said he had no insurance or registration. He was described as a white male, 20-25, with brown hair. He was not located.
A JPD officer was driving north on Fair Park just after Midnight Sunday when he noticed a vehicle swerve into oncoming traffic and then back into their own lane when making a turn. Desmond A Sims, 32, of Jonesboro, was issued a warning for driving left of center. However, he had a warrant for contempt of court – failure to pay fines. He was cited to be in court on October 28 and released at the scene.
Two people were stopped early Sunday and the passenger went to jail. It happened at 12:57 AM on South Caraway Road near Caribbean Pl. The stop began for improper display of license plates, reported Officer Morshaydrick Racy. Digital scales and a small amount of weed was located. The driver, Sabra Nicole Mason, 21, of Jonesboro, was written a citation for no insurance and fictitious tags. The passenger, Roy John Seth Hewitt, was arrested for obstruction of a governmental operation, possession of misdemeanor drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor failure to appear.
Brookland police made a traffic stop early Sunday that led to JPD making the arrest. It was at Highway 49/49B. The driver, James B. Davidson, 46, of Brookland, had a failure to appear warrant out of Jonesboro. He was arrested and taken to CCDC.
A hit and run happened at 5:10 PM Sunday near Gladiolus and Harrisburg Road. A silver 2009 Chevy Impala fled the scene but the driver was located and cited. Jalen Damarcus Patton, 22, of Jonesboro, was cited for no drivers license and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage only – both misdemeanors.
At 5:24 PM Sunday, a red Chevy Cavalier was stopped northbound on French Street for no registration. The officer found the driver to have an active warrant, citing and releasing him: Michael Nebeker, 23, of Harrisburg.
At 1:46 AM this morning (Monday), officers on patrol ran tags on a driver they learned had a suspended license. The vehicle was stopped at Nettleton and Red Wolf. Officers made contact with Michael jay Robinson, 45, of Jonesboro. They reported he had an open bottle of Bud Light in a cup holder and an open bottle of brandy in the passenger seat. Robinson was determined impaired by field sobriety test and arrested. He refused to take tests at the jail. Authorities also found suspected cocaine in his sock, adding a felony charge to the others he faces: DWI, driving with license cancelled, offenses involving a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device, refusal to submit, possession of an open alcohol container in a vehicle. The felony charge is possession of cocaine.