A North Carolina man slowed down just enough to get caught with multiple drugs, according to a report from the Bryant Police Department.
On Saturday, March 19, at approximately 5:02 a.m., a Bryant Police officer was traveling west on North Frontage Road near the 123-mile marker when he observed an SUV, a red 2021 Chevrolet Trax, on the Interstate 30 westbound, going very slow speed – between 35 and 5o mph. The officer followed and said he saw the SUV partially enter the center lane and then move into the outside lane. The officer initiated a traffic stop at exit 123 near Bryant Walmart.
The officer states in the report that he made contact on the passenger side with the sole occupant, Denis Braswell, 48, from Hendersonville, North Carolina. Braswell said he was heading to North Carolina from Atlanta, Georgia, however, he was driving the other way, away from both cities. The officer asked for a driver’s license and a rental agreement, since the car was leased, according to Braswell.
After releasing information through the Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC), it showed that Braswell was a federal probationer. At this point the officer again asked how Braswell ended up in Arkansas and this time he said he had a room in Little Rock.
The officer detected an odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and saw a bottle of alcohol in the center console. He called for backup and agents came with a K-9. The officer asked Braswell for his consent to search the vehicle, and he refused. Afterwards, he asked Braswell to exit the vehicle, and Braswell submitted himself to a preliminary breath test (PBT) for alcohol. Braswell has submitted and tested to .08 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) which is right at the legal limit for the state of Arkansas.
The officer then went through Braswell’s criminal history and he showed numerous narcotics charges in North Carolina. Two other officers and a K-9 were now at the scene. The K-9 officer said the dog gave several indicators of the smell of narcotics in the vehicle. Another officer said he noticed the smell of burning marijuana coming from the passenger side window of the SUV.
As the first officer performed a probable cause search of the vehicle, the others began to pull Braswell over. The incident report states that when the handcuffs came out, Braswell attempted to pull away and flee on foot to his vehicle. The first officer said he was able to wrap Braswell around the waist and tackle him to the ground, where he was taken into custody without further incident.
According to the report, Braswell was searched and narcotics were found on him. Then, in the vehicle, a large bag of suspected ecstasy, a Schedule I narcotic, was found in a Crown Royal bag inside a backpack. Then a container with two large sachets of white crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine. Then a purple zipper case produced a jar of suspected marijuana and a plastic container with a fine white powder suspected of being cocaine, along with a straw with a white powdery substance inside. There was also a glasses case in the glove compartment which contained a small sachet of white powder. A marijuana cigarette was also found in the glove box. The report states that numerous packets of pills were also located.
After the search was completed, Braswell was transported to Saline County Detention Center and the SUV was towed away. The first officer transported the evidence to the Bryant Police Department.
While at the prison, it was discovered that Braswell had concealed suspected marijuana and cocaine which had been located by prison staff. The items were taken back to the Bryant Police Department and added to other evidence for processing. All narcotics were weighed, photographed and recorded as evidence to be transported to Arkansas State Crime Lab (ASCL) for processing.
Braswell has been charged with the following:
Possession for the purpose of delivering methamphetamine => 10g
Possession for the purpose of delivering a Schedule I, II controlled substance excluding methamphetamine => 28 g
Possession Controlled Substance Sched I,II Meth Cocaine => 10g
Possession for the purpose of delivering a Schedule VI controlled substance
Possession Drug paraphernalia Meth Cocaine,
Fleeing – On foot,
Open container containing alcohol in a motor vehicle,
Improper lane change/use, and
Supply, possession or use of prohibited items.