Traffic stop leads to arrest
On January 13, while on patrol on Hwy. 65, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger conducted a traffic stop on a green Mitsubishi for crossing the centerline.
According to Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell, when Baysinger ran the car tag through the Arkansas Crime Information Computer, it came back to a maroon Ford, which meant the tag was fictitious. After stopping the vehicle, he learned the driver was 35 year old Caleb Jacob Campbell of Hasty, AR.
Hasty, who appeared extremely nervous, provided Baysinger with driver's license, registration, proof of insurance and a handwritten bill of sale. After asking Campbell to step out of his vehicle, Baysinger began a search of the vehicle and found a pill bottle with no label containing six pills and a crystal-like substance. Baysinger used a Nar Tec Field test kit on the substance and it tested positive for methamphetamine.
Due to Covid restrictions at the Searcy County Detention Center, Campbell was cited for felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony habitual offender, driving left of center and fictitious tags and released.
Baysinger later learned that Campbell had previously been convicted of two felony charges.