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ASP saturation results in 11 arrests, 372 citations

Nearly half of arrests attempted to flee across bridge back to Memphis


Nearly half of arrests attempted to flee across bridge back to Memphis


West Memphis residents certainly noticed an increased police presence last week during a signi_cant law enforcement operation led by the Arkansas State Police (ASP) resulted in the issuance of 372 citations and the arrest of 23 individuals in Crittenden County over a span of 72 hours. The operation, which took place on Thursday, May 9, through Friday may 11, involved collaboration between the ASP’s Highway Patrol Division and various local law enforcement agencies, including the West Memphis Police Department, Marion Police Department, and the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Of_ce.

During the operation, ASP Troopers seized a total of 11 _rearms, recovered two stolen vehicles, and con_scated a variety of illegal drugs such as Fentanyl, prescription drugs, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Marijuana. Notably, Troopers made a total of 11 arrests for individuals Driving While Intoxicated, while also issuing citations for speeding, safety belt violations, and child restraint violations.

Among the several notable incidents during the operation, on May 9th, ASP Trooper Richard

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Smith witnessed a group of motorcyclists running a red light at the intersection of Broadway and MLK. One of the motorcyclists, identified as Brandon Tolbert of Memphis, attempted to flee from authorities in a chase that spanned from east Broadway to nearly Lehi and was eventually apprehended with a backpack containing marijuana, scales, and a Taurus 9mm G2C. Tolbert was later booked at the Crittenden County Jail on multiple charges, including felony fleeing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.

On May 11, Trooper Justin Williams intercepted a vehicle driven by Richard E. Blaine Jr, also from Memphis, who was allegedly using blue flashing lights and a tactical vest with the word SECURITY on the chest to impersonate law enforcement. Blaine attempted to flee from authorities but was eventually stopped after a TVI was performed by Trooper Williams near the 278-mile marker of Interstate 40 westbound in front of Southland Casino. A search of his vehicle revealed a firearm, a handheld radio, a tactical belt, and the flashing lights. Blaine faces charges such as fleeing felony vehicle or conveyance, theft by receiving, criminal impersonation, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license.

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