• Dennis McCaslin

Stomping on parphernalia not enough to avoid arrest for Ratcliff woman

On March 24, 2021,Corporal Steven Ramirez on the Danville Police Department was on patrol on State Highway 10 East when he observed a vehicle traveling east without a license plate light. Ramirez initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, later identified as Jessica Curtis of Ratcliff.

After speaking to Curtis, she advised Cpl. Ramirez that she did not have a driver’s license.

Upon conducting an identification check, Ramirez was informed that Curtis was a parolee with a search wavier on file. After returning to the vehicle to speak with Curtis, Ramirez requested her to step out of the vehicle.

At that time, Curtis began looking in the console stating she needed to grab some things. She was again ordered to step outside the vehicle, and once again, she did not comply. Curtis then attempted to lock herself inside the vehicle but Ramirez was able to make entry into the passenger side.

Curtis then exited the driver side of the vehicle and began stomping on a sock with a glass instrument inside. After a brief struggle, Cpl. Ramirez placed Curtis into custody.

Upon searching the sock, Cpl. Ramirez located the remnants of a glass smoking device containing white residue. He also located a baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana along with another glass smoking device inside the vehicle.

Curtis was placed into custody and transported to the Yell County Detention Center.

She faces the felony charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Tampering with Physical Evidence and the misdemeanor charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resisting Arrest and No Driver’s License.

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