A traffic stop for tailgating turned in to the arrest of a pair after a traffic stop in Gravesville.
In the Tuesday, Jan. 9 report, a deputy reported seeing a car following a second car too closely while they were going through Bee Branch. As the deputy pulled behind the car to see what was going on, the car stopped quickly, then turned onto the Gravesville Cutoff. The deputy pulled the car over.
The officer spoke with the driver, David Chase Smith (address not given) who told the deputy he was driving like he was because he was following his GPS and missed his turn. As Smith spoke the deputy reported smelling marijuana from the car.
A woman was a passenger in the car and the deputy asked for her ID. She didn’t have one but gave her name and birthday. The deputy called it in, and found the woman, Lauren Hester, 29, from Jacksonville, Ark., had an outstanding warrant from Searcy County. She was arrested.
Deputies had the man get out of the car, which they searched, finding an eyeglass case in the driver’s door pocket. Inside the case were two small bags of white powder which tested positive for methamphetamine. A glass smoking pipe was also found in the case.
A small bag under Hester’s feet also had a small bag of white powder in it, which also field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Both were jailed. Hester shows to still be held in the Van Buren County Jail.