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Witts Springs man arrested for drug/firearm possession



  On the evening of March 28, 39 year old Matthew Scott Sullivan of Witts Springs was arrested following a traffic stop by Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell. According to Cassell, Sullivan was pulled over following a report if irrational driving by a vehicle matching the description of Sullivan's Ford pickup truck.

  Cassell stated after he stopped Sullivan on Red Oak Road, Searcy County Deputy Joey Baysinger ran Sullivan's information through the crime information computer system and learned Sullivan was driving on a restricted license and was required to have an interlock device in his truck, which restricts Sullivan from starting his vehicle under certain circumstances. During a conversation with Sullivan, Baysinger also learned that Sullivan was on parole and assigned to a parole office and has a search waiver on file.

  Also while speaking with Sullivan, Baysinger noticed a child under the age of one unrestrained in the passenger seat of the truck. Baysinger asked Sullivan if he had anything illegal in the truck and Sullivan responded by stating there was possibly a pistol in the truck. After asking Sullivan to step out of the truck, Baysinger saw a handgun between the passenger and driver's seat.

  After Sullivan began digging at his pockets, Cassell searched the pockets of Sullivan clothing and found a small bag that contained a crystal like substance and several pills.

  At this time, Sullivan was placed under arrest and the baby and the vehicle were turned over to a relative of Sullivan. Law enforcement later learned Sullivan had a valid arrest warrant out of the Greenbrier Police Department.

  Sullivan was transported to the Searcy County Detention Center where he was charged with felony possession of meth or cocaine, felony endangerment of a minor, felony possession of firearms by certain persons, felony simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, two counts of misdemeanor possession of a Schedule V narcotic; misdemeanor ignition interlock device and a misdemeanor traffic violation.

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