Johnson County
Sheriff's Office
Clarksville, Arkansas
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Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

A 34 year-old Clarksville resident was arrested on numerous traffic and drug charges after a deputy observed him driving on a city street without headlights.

On Tuesday, April 22 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Corporal Todd Russell and Auxiliary Deputy Teddy Dalton observed a black Ford truck with no headlights traveling on Miller, Buchanan and Johnson streets.  They stopped the vehicle as it pulled into a residence on North Johnson Street.

The driver could not provide them with a driver's license and the name he gave them, Willie Owings, could not be confirmed through the state driver's license database.

According to deputies the driver became increasingly nervous as they were speaking to him and began to move items around in the cab of the truck.

He was asked to step from the vehicle, which he did but kept putting his hands in his pockets.  He was asked repeatedly to keep his hands out of his pockets but would not comply.  The deputies then conducted a pat-down of his clothing for safety and discovered a set of brass knuckles attached to a red handkerchief in his pocket.

He was then placed under arrest.  Upon conducting a further search of the drivers clothing, an empty clear plastic baggie and a clear plastic baggie containing two large methamphetamine rocks were discovered in his pockets.

The driver was placed in the patrol unit and the departments K-9, Basha, was then deployed around the vehicle.  The K-9 alerted on the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

An inventory of the vehicle revealed a safe located on the seat which contained three baggies of methamphetamine, two bags of marijuana, several glass smoking devices with residue, empty plastic bags, digital scales and a straw with residue.  A Motorola two-way radio, consistent with those carried by law enforcement and fire services was located in the vehicle.

While being transported to the detention center, the driver told Deputies his name was Jonathan Owings.  It was discovered that he had a suspended driver's license and extensive criminal history.

A total of 26.1 grams of methamphetamine, 4.3 grams of marijuana and 10 prescription pills were discovered along with the additional paraphernalia.

Owings is charged with Possession Of Methamphetamine With Intent To Deliver, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Prescription Drugs Without A Prescription, Criminal Impersonation, Driving On A Suspended License, No Proof Of Insurance, Driving Without Headlights, Carrying A Prohibited Weapon and Fictitious Vehicle License.

Owings is currently out on bond from a drug arrest in Sebastian County in December.

Owings will appear before a Circuit Judge today for a probable cause/bond hearing with a court date of May 2nd in Johnson County Circuit Court.

Deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff's office and patrol officers from Clarksville P.D. assisted in the arrest.