From Conway Police Department reports


It was Sunday afternoon, 2:20 p.m. on Nov. 19, when dispatch relayed a call to officers. A woman was walking near the intersection of College and Conway Boulevard and was, while walking, stumbling into the street. An officer investigated.

When the officer arrived he spotted a woman as described near the intersection. He stopped to speak with her, noting right away the woman was "having a hard time standing." He drew closer and as he did so noted it was "apparently obvious that she had the odor of intoxicants about her person." He continued: "Her words were slurred to the point that her speech sounded like a foreign language." Here eyes (in a report turn which should surprise nobody at this point) were bloodshot.

The officer was able to get her name, and that she, 40, had "just finished" drinking gin - giving the name of a popular brand in her testimony.

Due to her condition, she was arrested, taken to jail and left with the staff there.

(Gin, essentially vodka flavored with juniper berries, is a broadly characterized libation across a large range of flavors, all, however, including juniper berries in the preparation. A juniper berry is not actually a berry, per se, but a cone with fleshy and merged scales, giving it a berry appearance. A yew berry also exists in this classification as a cone which appears as a berry.)

The door, the box

It was Saturday afternoon leading into evening, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m., when police were called to the Family Dollar Store on Oak street.

The reporting officer arrived and spoke with a clerk there. She told the officer of a man, giving a detailed description of the man, including what he was wearing, who came in the store and left a short while later. As he left sirens went off as he reached the door sensors. When the sensors went off, she told the officer, she asked the man to come back inside. He did.

Once back inside she asked the man to empty his pockets and this, she told the officer, "he was reluctant to do so." With that he pushed his way past the woman and went out the door, rounding the west side of the building and going out of sight.

The officer spoke with the store manager, who said she was unsure what the man would have taken. She would try, however, to track down what it might be, she told the officer. The officer gave the woman the report number.

After leaving the store the officer began to check the area. There, in a nearby parking lot, he spotted a man who matched the woman’s description. The officer stopped and spoke with the man, getting his name. With the man’s permission the officer searched him, but nothing was found which would indicate it being taken from the store.

The man did have with him a box from Big Lots, and the officer suggested in the report this may have been what set off the store alarm. The man told the officer he’d gotten the box "from a lady he knew."

Doing it wrong

An officer was on patrol, sitting on Oak Street near Woodside Drive on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:12 a.m. As he watched, a school bus entered the scene moving west, on Oak Street. It turned on its warning lights, slowed, then turned on its stop lights and came to a stop. Cars approached from the east and the west stopped as the bus signaled.

Save for one. As the officer watched a silver Malibu, moving eastbound, passed the cars stopped on the inside lane, then the school bus, and continued on its way.

Blue lights, of course, and the officer pulled the Malibu over. They pulled into a business’s parking lot. The officer, as is protocol and as would be expected, introduced himself to the driver and asked for the usual paperwork. The woman told him she had the registration and insurance, but did not have her driver’s license with her. She turned over what she had and gave the officer a name and birth date.

The officer called it in and, after some difficulty as the birth date didn’t appear to align, was able to bring up a driver with that name on the computer. The picture did not match the woman with whom the officer was speaking. The officer stepped back up to the car, asked the woman her birthday, and got the same date. He asked the woman to step out of the car, walking her to the back of the car so their conversation could continue. The woman told the officer she had moved, but she couldn’t recall her new address.

"By this time, I was aware that the female was lying to me, but I did not know who she really was," the officer reported.

The officer checked the car’s registration, finding it was registered to a man and woman (the woman told him earlier it was her father’s car). He ran the woman’s name from the registration and, son of a gun, the picture of that woman matched the woman with whom he was speaking. She was 35, from Cabot, and she had a suspended driver’s license.

The officer returned to the woman and asked for her social security number. The woman could not recall her social security number. The officer then told her he knew who she was, telling her further that she didn’t have a warrant - based on the assumption her thinking she did is why she lied. She had lied because of her license being suspended, she told the officer.

The officer responded that her lying on a traffic stop was an arrestable offense. She did not know that, the woman reportedly replied.

She was arrested, her car impounded. Arrangements were made for the woman’s daughter, riding with her in the car, to be taken back to her Conway home where her stepfather waited, by a second officer.

The woman was jailed on a $230 bond for obstructing justice, failure to stop for a school bus and driving on a suspended license.