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Arkansas Man Allegedly Stole Car The Day He Was Released From Jail

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A 29-year-old Hot Springs, Arkansas man allegedly stole a car from a gas station the day he was released from jail, according to arrest and jail reports.

Adam Blake Smith (HCSO jail photo)

Officers were alerted around 1:40 p.m. July 1 that a vehicle had been stolen from a gas station in the 900 block of Gilmer Street. Officers responded in the 1700 block of South Broadway Street, where the man alleged to have driven and then parked the stolen Cadillac STS.

The suspect, identified in arrest reports as 29-year-old Adam Blake Smith of Hot Springs, Arkansas parked the stolen vehicle in the home improvement business parking lot. Smith then walked through an open business and into a second business, Sulphur Springs Police Officer Adrian Pruitt and Hopkins County Sheriff‘s Deputy Richard Brantley alleged in arrest reports.

The man allegedly attempted to strike an officer with a closed fist, so the officer took him to the ground with the least amount of force necessary, Pruitt and Brantley alleged in arrest reports. While on the ground, the man allegedly continued to resist so the officer and a witness held the man on the ground until he was secured into handcuffs. After officers confirmed Smith was the person alleged to have stolen the car, He was arrested at 1:44 p.m. July 1 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, search or transport, according to arrest reports. Smith was transported to jail and the car was returned to the owner.

Smith, who is also known by the alias Stephen Cole Smith, was booked into Hopkins County jail, marking the second time in two days he had been jailed locally.

Smith was arrested Tuesday, June 30, shortly after 4 p.m. by Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Warren Williamson on a Bowie County warrant for failure to appear on a driving while intoxicated charge. Williamson stopped him near mile marker 134 on Interstate 30 east for speeding. A records check revealed the warrant, resulting in Smith’s arrest on the misdemeanor charge. Smith was released from Hopkins County jail July 1 on a $1,000 bond on the Bowie County charge.

He remained in Hopkins County jail Thursday morning, July 2, on the stolen vehicle and resisting charges. Bond was set at $20,000 on the UUMV charge and $5,000 bond the misdemeanor charge, according to jail reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicles publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1.

The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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