Johnson County
Sheriff's Office
Clarksville, Arkansas
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Traffic Stop Leads To Pursuit, Drug Arrest, One Million Dollar Bond

A traffic stop on Sunday, March 30 led to a short foot pursuit with a Clarksville resident being arrested on multiple felony offenses.

Deputy Curtis Bishop was dispatched to County Road 3341 on a citizens complaint of a suspicious vehicle.  Upon arriving in the area, Deputy Bishop located the vehicle and after following it and observing it had no license plates, Deputy Bishop stopped the vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade on State Hwy 352 near Highway 64.

Deputy Bishop spoke to the driver and attempted to obtain his information and information on the vehicle but was unable to locate the driver information in the state database.

While speaking to the driver, Deputy Bishop observed a clear plastic bag in a pouch behind the passenger front seat which contained a clear plastic bag with a crystalline substance inside, cash and several small zip-loc baggies.

Deputy Bishop asked the driver to step from the vehicle and as he did, the driver turned and fled the scene on foot as another deputy arrived on scene.

The driver was chased across Hwy 64 where deputies deployed a Taser to assist in bringing him under control.

The driver was arrested and transported to the detention center.

The driver initially gave Deputies the name of Jose Rivera which hindered their search for his identity in the Arkansas Crime Information Center.

A witness told Deputies at the scene that his actual name was Anibal Vazquez Picazo.

Upon running him under that name, Deputies confirmed his identity and discovered that he had three outstanding felony warrants from Texas for drug and failure to appear charges and was a probation violator from Texas with a total of $500,000.00 in bonds and no bond for the probation violation charge.

Located in the vehicle was 5 grams of methamphetamine and $433.00 cash.

Picazo is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent To Deliver, Criminal Impersonation 2nd Degree, Fleeing on Foot, Resisting Arrest, Failure To Register Vehicle, No Proof of Insurance and Expired Drivers License.

Deputies were assisted by units from the Arkansas State Police and Clarksville Police Department.

Picazo appeared before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson on Tuesday, April 1 where his bond was set at $1,000,000 cash/commercial with a May 2 court date in Johnson County Circuit Court.