Several drunk driving arrests happen on New Year’s in Jonesboro

Copyright NEA Report

JONESBORO, Ark. – Even after law enforcement tells the public not to drink and drive in a press release warning of increased enforcement, some invariably do.

The Jonesboro Police Department spent much of its time over the New Year’s weekend dealing with intoxicated suspects – many of whom were behind the wheel and some who caused accidents involving victims or their property.

The very first report of 2023, 23-00001, is about a suspect “driving all over the road while intoxicated.” Around 12:09 AM near Johnson and State Street, an officer noticed a black Cadillac driving in oncoming traffic. The officer, who was headed to an unrelated call, rerouted to deal with what he believed to be an intoxicated driver. Sekou Gray, 38, of Jonesboro, was arrested on charges including DWI, no insurance, hazardous driving, no license, and refusal to submit.

While investigating a call about an SUV left in a driveway, police conducted a traffic stop that ended in an arrest. This happened around midnight as well, this time near Gee and Matthews. Autumn Brown-Reeves, 50, of Jonesboro, was arrested on felony possession (meth/cocaine), misdemeanor possession, furnishing, possessing, or using prohibited articles, driving without a license, possessing an open container in a motor vehicle, and a failure to appear warrant.

A hit-and-run was reported after 1 AM at 2801 Fair Park Boulevard. Another happened between 4:39 AM and 9:39 AM at the 4100-block of Willow Pointe.

One person was arrested for being drunk in public while another was arrested for driving while intoxicated. It happened after 1:23 AM near Kazi Street and Phillips Drive. Caleb Dalton Swiney, 23, was arrested for public intoxication and obstructing governmental operations. Carolyn Florence Howton, 25, of Trumann, was arrested for DWI-Operation of Vehicle During DWI License Suspension.

A driver who ran off the road into a business’s front lawn was arrested and taken to jail for DWI. Around 12:30 AM in front of Stadium Auto Body, Nathan Foriest, 30, of Kingston Springs, TN, wrecked a 2019 Ford F-250, causing damage to the lawn of the business, the report said. He was arrested for DWI, refusal to submit, and careless/prohibited driving.

A traffic accident with minor injury happened shortly after 2 AM near Briar Lane and Race Street and the arrestee was found to be intoxicated by police. Alex Landaverde, 23, of Jonesboro, crashed his 2018 Chevy truck into a a Hyundai Sonata. He was arrested for DWI and hazardous driving.

A woman stepped out on her back porch on the morning of January 1 to find someone sleeping in her chair. The officer noted it appeared the man had urinated on a table cloth and the floor. He also smelled like intoxicants, the report said. Jamaron Davis, 21, of Jonesboro, was arrested for criminal trespass, criminal mischief, public intoxication and revocation of probation.

Although the holiday ended for most on January 1, police made another DWI arrest early January 2. Around 12:34 AM, police received a call about a hazardous driver. Latoya Patrice Corley, 32, was arrested for DWI.

Police also made several arrests while working off-duty security. Jinnifer Greer, 40, of Jonesboro, was arrested for public intoxication and discharging a firearm in the city limits after a gunshot was reported in the parking lot at 3006 S. Caraway Road. Multiple arrest reports were filed ranging from standard public intoxication to people intoxicated and fighting in parking lots.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court.

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