According to Chief Deputy Charley Melton, on March 23 Deputy J Barnes was patrolling in Horseshoe Bend when a silver car made a right turn and failed to signal the turn. Deputy Barnes followed the vehicle and it continued to turn without signaling and driving left of center. Deputy Barnes initiated his blue lights to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle was licensed out of Mississippi. The vehicle made several more turns and was weaving on the roadway. After several turns, the vehicle stopped and Deputy Barnes made contact with the driver. Deputy Barnes asked the driver for his license and the driver stated it was in his wallet in the center console. Deputy Barnes asked the driver if there was anything illegal in the vehicle in which the driver stated there was not and gave permission for Deputy Barnes to search the vehicle.
Deputy Barnes retrieved the wallet from the vehicle and asked the driver if that was the wallet that had his driver's license and he stated it was. Barnes also located a container inside of a cigarette carton that contained a white crystalline substance.
Barnes then ran the identification in the wallet though dispatch. The information came back to a person who showed to be incarcerated in Arkansas Community Corrections Center. The unit was contacted and verified the inmate, whose name was used, was still incarcerated and accounted for. Deputy Barnes asked the driver about being shown to be incarcerated. He stated he was let out due to Corona Virus. Deputy Barnes asked the driver his name and he started mumbling "yes" continually. Deputy Barnes then attempted to perform field sobriety on the driver but he would not comply.
After Deputy Caeden Wolfe arrived on scene, Deputy Barnes continued the vehicle search and located multiple baggies with a white crystalline substance, a pack of syringes, and a set of digital scales.
Deputy Barnes spoke to a witness who was outside near the traffic stop. The witness stated the driver was Glenn Galbraith. Deputy Barnes had dispatch run Galbraith, age 60 of Horseshoe Bend, and he returned with a warrant from Arkansas Probation/Parole. He also showed to have a suspended license.
Once at the jail, Galbraith refused to submit to a chemical test.
The crystalline substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Glenn Galbraith was charges with possession of a controlled substance more than 10 grams but less than 200 grams, a class "a" felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class "b" felony. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on March 30.
Galbraith was also charged with no turn signal, driving left of center, fleeing, refusal to submit to a chemical test, DWI, driving on a suspended license, and obstructing governmental operations. He is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on May 11.
On March 24 Deputy Jason Jordan was patrolling in Melbourne when he observed a blue GMC truck with the driver not wearing a seat belt. Deputy Jordan made a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Sandra Lawrence, age 52 of Melbourne. During the traffic Stop Deputy Jordan had his K-9 partner, Mendi, perform a free air sniff around the vehicle. Mendi alerted on the vehicle. Due to Mendi's alert a probable cause search was made on the vehicle. Inside Sandra's purse, that was inside the vehicle, Deputy Jordan located a white crystalline substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Sandra Lawrence was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class "d" felony. She is scheduled to appear in the Izard County Circuit Court on March 30.
On March 26 Aaron Laxton, age 30 of Mount Pleasant, was arrested by Trooper Blake Johnson for driving on a suspended driver's license and warrants outstanding warrants out of the Izard County District Court for failure to appear and violation of the Arkansas hot check law, Laxton is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on May 13.
On March 27 Sam Cox, age 20 of Calico Rock, was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones for disorderly conduct. Cox is scheduled to appear in the Izard County District Court on April 22.
Photos of Galbraith and Lawrence provided.