Police beat

From Conway Police Department reports

 

Do the dinosaur

It was 1:32 a.m. in Conway, the city that never sleeps, and somebody was sleeping. Not only that, but they were sleeping at a motel. The details, however, proved to be the reason for a police report.

Police got a call that early Sunday morning, Oct. 22 about a man sleeping at the Country Inn and Suites on Amity Road. He was sleeping on the second floor, on the floor, outside a room. The man being obviously being unclear on the whole “sleeping at the motel,” the police sent an officer to check.

The officer arrived, went to the second floor and, yes, there was a man sleeping, on the floor. Behold: “His backside was covered in mud and a strong odor of intoxicants was emanating from him,” the report stated. In time the officer was able to wake the 32 year old man.

The man struggled to rise, finally doing so, and was told to go to his motel room. This, in further evidence of his being unclear on the concept of sleeping in a motel, he argued with the officer, “slurring profanities” and otherwise copping (see what I did there?) an attitude. Out came the handcuffs.

The man did not agree with the handcuff thing and a struggle ensued, the officer overcoming to get the man cuffed, and shortly thereafter stuffed for the ride downtown. There he finished his morning slumber in jail.

(“Somnambulist,” is the traditional name for a sleepwalker. It is from the Latin “somn,” to sleep, and “ambul,” to walk. The traditional name for the act of sleepwalking is “noctambulism.” )

Serious

Sunday night, 11:30 p.m. and an officer on patrol was going down Harkrider when he spotted a 2003 Hyundai Sonata getting ready to pull out from Fleming onto Harkrider with a headlight out. The officer pulled into a nearby parking lot to keep an eye on the car.

As he did so he noticed the car stayed at the stop sign, not moving. In his report he stated it appeared as though the car was trying to “wait him out” by not moving from the stop sign. In time the game ended and the car pulled onto Harkrider, turning to move away from where the officer was parked. The officer pulled out and caught up with the car.

As the officer did so the Hyundai, that Sunday, pulled into a nearby gas station. Quickly the driver stepped out of the car and walked to go inside the business. The officer meanwhile pulled up and called for the woman to stop and to get back in her car. The woman told the officer she didn’t have to, as she was already out of the car and walking away, leaving the officer with no right to stop her. The officer, again, told the woman to return to the car, and the woman did so.

In the car when asked for paperwork the woman handed over an ID card, but no license. The officer was also able to gain the name of the man sitting next to her. Here the officer noted the woman had a small child lying on the back seat, playing with a toy. The officer asked after the child’s age and the woman said she was three years old.

“There was no child restraint anywhere in the vehicle,” the officer’s report stated.

The officer called in the woman’s ID and found that her license was suspended and that she had already gotten citations for driving on a suspended license. The list grew, with the woman having two warrants out for Failure to Appear on suspended license driving charges, although those were out of extradition. (It’s not unheard of for a municipality to not pursue extradition for a relatively minor charge.)

The woman was arrested for driving on a suspended license and taken into custody (a term of trade for “put in handcuffs and loaded into a patrol car”). Her car was released to her passenger, at her request, as was the child.

She was taken to jail, cited for the suspended license and issued a warning for no proof of insurance and the broken headlight. She was given a court date.

Nicotine scene

Police were called to Tobacco Station on Donaghey after a report of terroristic threatening Sunday, Oct. 22. The call came at 9:55 p.m.

The officer arrived and spoke to the man there who made the call. He told the officer he had been negotiating for the past two weeks to buy the tobacco store on Hogan Lane from its current owner. A contract had been drawn up and, he told the officer, he had already given the man $10,000 toward the purchase.

The agreement was to pay the money, and if the deal couldn’t be finalized the $10,000 would be repaid to him, he told the officer.

The deal fell through but he didn’t get his money back, he told the officer. He tried to call the man to get his money, but the calls kept going to voicemail. He was able to reach the man’s father, also a negotiator in the contract, and asked about the money. After that call the store owner called him back. When asked about the $10,000 the man started screaming that he was going to kill the man currently speaking with the officer, and make it so nobody ever found his body.

He was not at home at the time, he told the officer, but called his wife, who was, to caution her about the threat.

The officer issued a report number, then explained the warrant process. He also explained to the man how to contact the sheriff’s office in order to process the civil matter of money owed.

 

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