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4 Arkansas Men Arrested On Controlled Substance, Marijuana Charges Following High Speed Chase

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Four Arkansas men were arrested on controlled substance and marijuana charges following a high speed chase on Interstate 30 Saturday evening, according to arrest reports.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Arturo Ugalde reported the Acura TL first caught his attention as it sped by on Interstate 30 at 100 miles per hour before 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Ugalde alleged when he caught up to the black vehicle and activated the patrol vehicle’s lights and sire, the car continued at 75-80 mph with the trooper behind it.

The trooper alleged all of the occupants appeared to be moving around as if hiding something. Ugalde alleged seeing a black bag thrown from the driver’s side of the vehicle. The vehicle then increased speed to over 100 mph as it passed a truck-tractor semi trailer partially on the shoulder, then weaved between several vehicles in an effort to evade arrest, Ugalde alleged in arrest reports.

A Cumby Police officer reportedly spiked the vehicle’s tires at the 110 mile marker. The vehicle continued to the 107 mile marker before stopping, then all occupants were taken into custody, Ugalde noted in arrest reports.

An inventory search of the vehicle revealed a baby bottle and a Big Blue bottle which contained suspected codeine, 4 Styrofoam cups which also allegedly contained remnants of a blue-green liquid consistent with codeine, and a small baggy containing suspected marijuana.

Aamir Devarious Williams, 19; Shamar Marquell Rawls, 18; Jesse J. Anderson, 33; and Brandon Lamont Norris, 36, all of Little Rock, Arkansas denied knowledge of codeine or marijuana. All 4 Arkansas men were arrested on possession of 400 grams or more of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana charges. Anderson was also charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, according to arrest reports.

The Arkansas men remained in Hopkins County jail Monday, Sept. 28. Bond for each was set at $50,000 on the controlled substance charge and $1,000 on the possession of marijuana charge; Anderson’s bond on the evading arrest charge was set at $15,000, according to jail reports.

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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