In the road
It was 4 a.m. Friday, April 1, and police were called, asked to check on the welfare of a man on Farris Road near Prince Street. The caller told police it was a young person and was lying in a driveway.
The reporting officer arrived in the area and saw a man walking with an unsteady gait. The man was short, and the officer surmised this might lead someone to assume it was a young person. The officer stopped to investigate.
The officer got out of his car and spoke with the man, noting right away, and despite a stiff breeze blowing, the “odor of intoxicants” about the person. To the officer’s question, the man said he was on his way home, walking after visiting a nearby pizza restaurant. The officer asked him where he was going, and the man pointed in the wrong direction, pointing back toward the restaurant, and then asked where his home was, and the man pointed in another direction, also away from the direction he was walking.
The officer, taking all this into consideration, told the man he was walking in the wrong direction. With that, the report stated, the man became very argumentative and agitated.
He assured the officer he knew which was he was going and that the officer was the one turned around.
The officer asked the man the time. It was about 1:30 (in the morning) was the man’s reply, that windy 4 a.m. With this the officer stated in his report “It was clear at this point to me that he was unfit to be left by himself.”
The man was taken to jail, charged with public intoxication.
Almost 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, when an officer on patrol spotted a sedan driving down Farris.
This was ordinary enough, but the car did not have its lights on, despite the darkened hour. The officer turned and caught up with the car, gaining on it as it stopped at an intersection stoplight.
The light turned green and the car pulled out, turning left onto Dave Ward Drive, its lights still out. With this the officer went blue lights and stopped the car. This itself took a moment, with the car traveling on, then turning onto a side street, then pulling about 50 feet down the street before finally pulling over, blue-lighted police vehicle in its wake.
The officer spoke with the driver. She told the officer it was her mother’s car and she wasn’t familiar with it. The officer asked for license, registration and insurance and the woman produced the first two, but was very confused about the third. The officer noted here the 21 year old driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and (oh, you know) the “odor of intoxicants” from within the car, the report stated.
The officer asked the woman if she had been drinking, and the woman admitted to having had a beer an hour earlier. The officer had the woman step out of the car, noting here her having trouble standing without swaying, and that famous intoxicant odor traveling with her.
The officer had the woman do a series of tests, requiring her to stand, walk, turn, count, look, and otherwise show mastery of her motor and cognition system.
These tests are ranked not as much by pass-fail as by the tested giving a series of clues as would indicate a less-than-sober condition. In this case, and through subsequent tests, the woman provided multiple clues at each test.
Based upon these clues the officer had the woman take a field breathalyzer test, where she blew a .09, then a .08 on a second test.
She was taken to the station for a final test, where she blew a .07, this about 40 minutes after he being first spotted by the officer.
She was charged with DWI first offense, and her driver’s license was suspended.
It was now 4:29 the morning of April 2 when police were called to a ATM at a bank on Dave Ward Drive. An officer on site, with a second officer, called for the reporting officer to meet them there.
There the officer introduced the reporting officer to the driver of a pickup truck. As the officer explained, the driver was at the ATM, in his idling pickup, asleep, when the officer found him. (The truck was in park, he added.) The officer further relayed that the “odor of intoxicants” was apparent in this meeting, the report stated.
The reporting officer asked the driver, a 19 year old, if he’d had anything to drink that night. The young man said he had, some beer, earlier in the evening. The reporting further noted the glassy eyes, slurred speech and that infamous odor during this conversation.
He then tested the man,and clues were given, showing the young man having comportment which indicated a less-than-sober condition. He was given a field breath test and blew a .08. He was taken to the station and, after the required period of observation, given a second breath test, where he blew a .07, now about an hour after the initial meeting.
He was jailed, charged as a minor under the influence.
Scofflaws on bicycles
Mid-morning on April 1 and an officer on patrol spotted a man on a bicycle towing a small trailer heading down 5th Street. As the officer watched, the rider ran a stop sign then turning into the opposing traffic lane on Ingram. A traffic stop followed.
The officer quickly determined the bike rider, a 36 year old man, had a warrant issued by the Arkansas Board of Parole.
He was taken into custody.
In the process of searching the man he told the officer about his having a glass smoking pipe in a front pocket. The officer found, and removed, the pipe, keeping it as evidence.
The man was jailed, held for the warrant and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
The report made no mention as to the outcome of the bicycle.