According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on August 2, 2020, Deputy Jason M. Jordan was dispatched to Highway 69 near the Dodge dealership for complaint of a reckless driver. Dispatch said the suspect vehicle was described as a 2011 Kia Sorento Silver in color belonging to a subject from Batesville, Arkansas. Deputy Jordan was able to intercept the vehicle in question east of the Dodge Dealership on Highway 69. Deputy Jordan got behind the suspect vehicle to watch its manner of driving. The vehicle was observed swaying from center line to fog line. As Deputy Jordan approached Highway 69, and Highway 69B and he observed the Kia travel left of center, and approximately a half a mile on the Wortham straight stretch he observed the vehicle drive over the fog line. At that time, Deputy Jordan made a traffic stop on the Kia Sorento on Hwy. 69 near Hwy. 58. Deputy Jordan exited his vehicle and approached the passenger side of the vehicle. As Deputy Jordan was advising the driver, later identified as Brittney Dunivan age 23 of Batesville, the reason he was stopping her, Deputy Jordan could smell an odor of marijuana coming from her vehicle. Looking down at the center console, based on his training and experience, Deputy Jordan could see a roach (burnt marijuana residue in a cigar role). Deputy Jordan asked for Brittney's license, and insurance. Once she gave Deputy Jordan her information, he asked her how much marijuana she had in the car. Brittney told Deputy Jordan she didn't have any. Deputy Jordan advised her that he could smell marijuana, and that there was a roach in plain view. Based on Brittney not telling the truth, Deputy Jordan asked her to step out of the car. Brittney complied. Deputy Jordan then asked Brittney if he could search her person for drugs. During the search Brittney had a short red straw in her right pocket with an unknown white substance in it. Deputy Jordan then confiscated that item, and asked her to step back to his patrol unit. Deputy Sean Tomlinson came on scene to assist. Deputy Jordan asked Deputy Tomlinson if he could watch Brittney for a while so Deputy Jordan could search her vehicle. During the search Deputy Jordan looked into a maroon back pack and saw an electronic game. Deputy Jordan opened up the case and saw a rolled up one-dollar bill, two clear baggies with a crystal-like substance in them. Deputy Jordan believed these crystal-like substances, based on his training and experience to be Methamphetamine. As a result, Brittney was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class "D" felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class "D" felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a class "A" misdemeanor. She is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on August 18.
On August 3, Lacy Wallace, age 38 of Calico Rock, was arrested by Deputy Sean Tomlinson for driving while intoxicated and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Wallace is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on September 3.
On August 5, Kiersten Laylin, age 35 of Greenbriar, was arrested by Transport Deputy Dennis Hutchins on a warrant for failure to appear. Kiersten is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on August 18.