Among reports recently released by the Conway Police Department:
• Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, I-40 westbound. After being stopped just before 4 a.m. on Wednesday for following too closely behind a tractor-trailer, the driver gave consent for an officer to search his Ford Mustang with four pounds of plastic-wrapped “bricks” of suspected marijuana sitting in the back floorboard, according to a Conway Police Department incident report released today,
The driver, identified in the report as 25-year-old Grant Santos Chapa of Heber Springs, had admitted to having a .45ACP handgun in the car prior to the search, as well as an Arkansas concealed handgun license. However, the simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms is a separate offense under Arkansas code, and a class-Y felony carrying a minimum 10-year sentence.
According to the arresting officer’s incident report, the driver was following “about 20-30 feet” behind a tractor trailer, “greatly reducing his ability to see potential hazards.” This, along with an unsignalled lane change, were the basis for the traffic stop, and when the officer asked the driver if he would consent to a search of the vehicle. “Yeah, if you want to,” was the reply.
• Residential burglary at the 1500 block of Davis Street. A resident discovered on Wednesday morning that a burglar or burglars had forced open a back door, probably with some type of pry-bar, according to the report, and had stolen a beige-colored Michael Kors-brand purse valued at $300, a Compaq Presario computer, a Playstation 3, a passport, some checks, and a suitcase.
• Shoplifting at 1155 Skyline Drive (Walmart). A woman in her early 20s was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a store loss prevention employee saw her hide items and walk out with them. She had tried to steal some makeup, a drink, and some chewing gum — worth about $30 in all, according to the report.
• Welfare of a person check at 200 block of Salem Road. Early Tuesday evening police and paramedics were dispatched to check on a man reportedly asleep on a park bench and not waking up. While paramedics and fire tended to the man, who admitted to drinking mouthwash, police were advised that the man had a warrant out of a county in Missouri that would extradite. He was arrested, but couldn’t stand while being booked into the Faulkner County Detention Center and so was taken to Conway Regional, where officers were told that the man was likely going through alcohol withdrawal, but was OK to go back to jail.