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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Circuit Court: No probable cause for stop in Fort Smith's womans 2020 DWI arrest by ASP

Updated: May 12, 2021

A Fort Smith woman "beat the rap" today in Fort Smith Circuit Court when all charges against her were dropped in an August, 2020 arrest for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving Left of Center and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test.

The court found upon judges review that the arresting Arkansas State Police trooper did not have probable cause for making the initial traffic stop that led to the evental arrest of Debra Osman. The judge viewed the video from the state trooper's dashboard cam system before making a decision.

Ms. Osman and her attorney Luke Gramisch, as well as city of Fort Smith law firm attorney Sam Terry, stitpulated to the facts in the hearing and the judgement was entered in favor of Ms. Osman.

Ms, Osman spent just under four hours in the Sebastian County Detention Center on August 20-21 before being released on a $1000 signature bond.

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