Woman arrested after striking deputy
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on the evening of January 17, while on patrol on Hwy. 65 south, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger pulled over a Chevrolet Malibu for an equipment violation. When Baysinger approached the vehicle, he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car.
The vehicle was occupied by a male driver and two female passengers, one in the front seat and one in the back seat. When Baysinger asked the couple why the smell of marijuana was coming from their vehicle the female in the front seat passenger stated they had just smoked marijuana in the car but there was no marijuana in the vehicle at that time.
After Marshall Police Officer Kevin Ward arrived to provide backup, while Baysinger searched the vehicle, Ward ran the couple information through the Arkansas Crime Information Computer. He learned the driver was a 16 year old male, the front seat passenger was an 18 year old female and the female in the back seat was identified as Kathryn Brooks, age 20, of Conway.
During a search of the vehicle, Baysinger found marijuana wax, a green leafy substance, multiple small bags that contained a green leafy substance, a rolling plate, a can of light beer that was unopened, and an ash tray.
After writing their citations, Baysinger returned to the car to explain the charges to the trio. When he asked Brooks to step out of the vehicle she began yelling at Baysinger and pacing. After asking Brooks several times to return to the rear of the vehicle, she swung at him striking him in the chest area. When Baysinger attempted to place Brooks under arrest, she pulled away from him. Once in handcuffs, Brooks sat down on the roadway and screamed and yelled at Baysinger and Ward when they escorted and placed her in the patrol vehicle.
Brooks was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where she was charged with the following misdemeanor charges: possession of scheduled VI narcotic less than 4oz; possession of drug paraphernalia; purchase of possession of intoxicating liquor by a minor; obstructing governmental operations; and resisting arrest - refusal to submit to arrest /active or passive refusal.
The 16 year old male and 18 year old female was cited for misdemeanor possession of scheduled VI narcotic less than 4oz and possession of drug paraphernalia.