In unrelated incidents, police have arrested two Paragould men on drug and other felony charges.
In the first incident, they arrested Eric James Johnson, 31, on charges of one count each of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc. Each is a Class D felony. Johnson also faces misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jason Boling of the department’s Street Crimes Unit, the arrest took place Jan. 30.
Police Ptl. Ashten Massey reportedly observed a vehicle, which had knocked over two mailboxes early that morning, and had come to rest in the parking lot of a nearby church. As Massey approached the vehicle, she reportedly noticed the driver (later identified as Johnson) appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of the vehicle, with his head slumped down. The vehicle appeared to be in drive at that time.
Massey attempted to wake Johnson, by shining a light in his eyes and tapping on the window. Once Johnson finally opened his eyes, according to the affidavit, he appeared very disoriented. As Massey was speaking to him, she reportedly also observed a small child asleep in the back seat of the vehicle.
She noted Johnson had difficulty following her commands. After Massey had Johnson exit the vehicle, she administered field sobriety tests, at the conclusion of which she determined he was under the influence of narcotics.
She arrested him for DWI-Drugs. As officers did an inventory of the vehicle prior its being towed, they reportedly discovered 1.2 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe used to ingest methamphetamine in the cup holder.
Johnson was released from the Greene County Detention Center (GCDC) on a $25,000 bond.
In the other incident, police arrested Tyson James Tutt, 31, on charges of one count each of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine) and of possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc., each a Class D felony.
Tutt also faces misdemeanor charges. According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Aaron Gamber of the SCU, Tutt’s arrest took place the afternoon of Jan. 31 as officers made a consensual encounter with Tutt while they were seeking a wanted felon.
Tutt reportedly agreed to the encounter, and produced his identification for the officers. However, the officers report that they noticed he had also removed a plastic bag from his back pocket and had attempted to conceal it with his foot.
As the officers recovered the bag, they reportedly noticed it contained a small quantity of methamphetamine, so they told Tutt he was under arrest. He allegedly responded by pulling away and preventing police from handcuffing him.
Only after the officers warned him they would use OC (that is, pepper) spray on him did he submit to arrest according to the affidavit. A search of his person pursuant to the arrest also produced an orange “snort tube” which had been used to ingest methamphetamine.
Tutt remains in the GCDC on a $15,000 bond.