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Woman arrested after driving to slow


Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on July 28 a Harrison woman was arrested on a drug charge following a routine traffic stop conducted by Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger.

Cassell stated that 24 year old Britney Burdine of Harrison was arrested after Baysinger stopped Burdine for driving very slow with flashers going on Hwy. 65 near Marshall. At the time of the stop, Burdine was driving 30 mph in a 55 mph zone. Baysinger was concerned for Burdine's safety and wanted  to ensure that she could make it safely to her destination.

During the stop, Baysinger noticed that Burdine appeared to be very disorganized when attempting to locate her vehicle information. After reporting her information, Baysinger returned to the vehicle and Burdine still appeared to be disorganized. At the time, Baysinger asked if he could conduct a search of Burdine's vehicle.

After receiving permission to search the vehicle, Burdine stepped out of the vehicle so Baysinger and his partner, Searcy County Reserve Deputy Devin Elliott, could execute the search. During the search, officers found a glass pipe with a dark residue inside.

Baysinger requested the assistance of Marshall K-9 Officer Sam Holliman, who conducted a field test on the dark residue, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Burdine was arrested and transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony. She is currently being held in the Searcy County Jail awaiting her first appearance in the Searcy County Circuit Court.

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