A traffic violation led to the arrest of a Little Rock man and a Conway man early Monday afternoon on suspicion of drug possession.

According to a Conway Police Department incident report, an officer noticed a tan Pontiac Parisienne turn from Tyler Street onto Country Club Lane without using the turning lane and noticed that the occupants didn’t seem to be wearing seat belts. 

A traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle stopped at The Links apartment complex. In the course of the stop the officer was notified by dispatch that the driver, identified in the report as 20-year-old Channing Tillman of 801 South Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, had a suspended driver’s license. The officer decided to have the vehicle towed, and asked if there was anything illegal inside of it. Tillman said that there was not, and the officer began to inventory items in the vehicle to be noted as Tillman’s property. 

"As I began to inventory the vehicle, I checked in the front seat and underneath the front seat for anything of value that might be noted for tow," the officer states in his report. "As I turned to check in the driver door pocket I grabbed the driver arm rest on the door. At this time, the brown cover on the arm rest flipped up making visible a white and blue baggy stuffed into the arm rest. I attempted to pull the baggy out of the arm rest at that time, but was unable to do so. I was able to tell that there were several small objects inside the baggy believed to be ‘crack rocks.’"

Soon after the officer recovered the baggy, Tillman fled on foot toward the apartment complex. Two officers pursued while a third stayed behind to watch the passenger, identified in the report as 23-year-old Ralph Lamar Weaver, whose address is listed in the report as "835 Granet Lane," Conway.

Tillman was found hiding in some bushes near Sugar Maple Drive and arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, fleeing on foot, driving on a suspended license and no seat belt. Weaver, who was on parole at the time of the traffic stop, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance after about three plastic baggies containing about 6 grams of suspected marijuana among them were found under the vehicle’s passenger seat, according to the report.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb can be reached at 505-1238 or by e-mail at joe.lamb@thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit.)