PROBATIONER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING BRIEF PURSUIT

06/11/2018



James Thomas Weeks

    

      A Henderson man, 35 year old JAMES THOMAS WEEKS, was arrested on drug charges following a brief vehicle pursuit on the evening of Friday, June 8th.

     Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Zappa observed the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck run a stop sign at the intersection of U. S. Hwy 62 East and Baxter CR 279 at approximately 8:00 PM.  He initiated a vehicle stop and pulled over the driver.  Deputy Zappa made contact with the driver, identified as JAMES THOMAS WEEKS. Deputy Zappa returned to his patrol vehicle to run a driver license and warrant check on WEEKS.  The return indicated that WEEKS was on active probation with Arkansas Community Corrections and had a search waiver on file.  Deputy Zappa returned to the vehicle and directed WEEKS to step out.  At this point, WEEKS sped away in his truck heading East across the Henderson bridge at high speed.  Deputy Zappa pursued the fleeing suspect.  When crossing over the bridge, Deputy Zappa observed JAMES WEEKS toss a bag out the passenger side window of the truck in what appeared to be an attempt to throw it over the bridge and into the water.  Instead, the bag landed in the roadway.

   When WEEKS reached the opposite end of the bridge, he suddenly pulled over and stopped.  At this point, WEEKS was taken into custody.  Afterwards, the bag was retrieved from the roadway.  The bag contained approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine , marijuana, and paraphernalia.  These items were seized and taken into evidence. 

     JAMES THOMAS WEEKS was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) – Felony
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance (marijuana) – Misdemeanor
Disregarding Stop Sign – Misdemeanor
Fleeing in Vehicle – Misdemeanor
Probation Violation – Felony

     WEEKS was given a bond of $15,000 on the new charges and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on June 21st.  He is being held without bond on the probation violation. WEEKS has been booked into the Baxter County Detention Center a total of 14 times since 2004.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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