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From Conway Police Department reports

 

It girls

She wasn’t walking right, the caller said. They saw the woman coming out of Big Lots and stumbling across the parking lot, then getting in her SUV and pulling out west on Oak Street, giving dispatch the license plate number. It was Tuesday evening, Oct. 10 at about 6:30 p.m.

The reporting officer was eastbound on Oak when the call went out. He thought he saw something and U-turned to go westbound. Behind a line of cars at an intersection he saw an SUV holding up the line by not moving when the green arrow came on, staying still despite the honking of the impatient drivers behind her. Then the arrow went to flashing yellow and she moved, “nearly causing an accident.” And it was here the officer was able to read the license plate number and confirm is was the one called in. The blue light switch went to “on.” The SUV kept driving.

He followed. The SUV, now on Harkrider, was doing a not-great job of staying in its lane, then pulled into the parking lot at 10 Box, police car in trail. It moved like it was going to park, then circled around and pulled up next to the officer. The officer stepped out to speak with the driver, telling her why he did the blue lights thing.

“I don’t believe you. I don’t think all that is true” the woman was reported replying. She said this with slurred speech, and also, there by the highway, cars going by, blue lights flashing, in the parking lot of a store, commerce being conducted, somewhere children were laughing, somewhere a bird took flight, the officer noted the “odor of intoxicants.”

The officer got the woman’s license which as she handed it over said to him “Please don’t run me.”

He went back to his car and checked it on the computer, then came up again and asked the woman to step from the SUV.

“No, I would mind that,” she, 51, replied.

The officer explained that they had come to the time in the evening’s affairs where he was going to do the field sobriety test, for which her participating required her to not be in her car. The woman replied that she had been able to do those test, with a passing grade, in her neurologist’s office. She had been diagnosed with “Limes disease,” she told the officer, and as such was unable to do these tests in the field, again refusing to take the test.

The officer had her step over to his patrol car where she was cuffed and stuffed.

At the station, and to the officer’s request, the woman agreed to take the field sobriety tests. The first test, Nystagmus, the eyes-follow-finger thing, the officer had trouble getting her in position, then she became argumentative, then she refused to be tested.

She refused to initial that she had been read her statement of rights after being read her statement of rights, but did agree to take a breath test. There couldn’t be a breath test without a initialing of the form, the officer explained. After some back and forth she agreed she understood and initialed. (The assisting office here also noted the odor of intoxicants.) She could not, however, give a useful breath test, simply not blowing hard enough across two tries.

A search warrant was filed and she was taken to the hospital where blood was drawn. Then she was taken to jail.

Working for a living

Tuesday, Oct. 10, and an officer was on Harkrider following a Chrysler 200 which, he noted, was doing a poor job staying in it’s lane, occasionally drifting across the center line. It was 7:57 p.m. Blue lights were lit and the car was pulled over.

The officer stepped up, of course, and spoke with the driver, asking for his license. License in hand the officer went back and called it in, finding out the man had a suspended license. He went back, had the man get out of the car, and arrested him, handcuffing him and putting him in the back of the car.

Two passengers were in the car and the second officer, who had arrived to assist, was told to get them from the car and get their IDs. In one case this was fairly straightforward and the man was released. The second man, however, gave a name which did not appear in any records. He told police he was from Louisiana and police checked, but he was not listed there, either. He too was taken into custody, and the car was impounded.

At the jail the man told the officer his real name, admitting that the one he had given earlier was false. He had, he told the officer, several warrants out for his arrest. The officer checked and this was in fact the case.

He asked the man why he didn’t tell the truth to start and the man reportedly replied, “I knew I was going to jail, I just wanted to make sure you earned your money.”

And he was jailed.

The missing

A man came to the police station Wednesday morning early, at 6:45 a.m. that Oct. 11, to report his finding something. He met with an officer.

The man told the officer he was just finishing up his paper routed when he found a wallet in the street just outside King’s Piano Bar. He handed the officer the wallet.

The officer tried to contact the man whose ID was in the wallet but was unable to do so. The wallet was entered as evidence.

 

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