Suspect accused of swallowing drugs

A Little Rock woman whose car was stopped by Redfield police for having defective brake lights early Tuesday morning was arrested on a warrant from Pulaski County, then had to be taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center after she allegedly swallowed drugs.

Angela Brodnax, 38, told a Redfield police officer she had swallowed “two grams of ice (methamphetamine)” and according to a probable-cause affidavit from Redfield Detective Terri Patterson, a nurse at the hospital turned over eight bags of suspected methamphetamine that were recovered after Brodnax was given medication that caused her to throw up the drugs.

Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said that after Brodnax was arrested, she told the Redfield officer she needed to urinate and felt like she was going to throw up, and he took her to the Redfield Police Department building. While there, Brodnax became shaky and pale and when asked if she had swallowed any drugs, she admitted swallowing the suspected methamphetamine, Achorn said.

According to the affidavit, Patterson interviewed Brodnax on Wednesday and was told that she was driving on River Road at Redfield when she was stopped, then got really sick and tried to vomit. Brodnax also allegedly said she swallowed the suspected drugs the way they were packaged.

At Achorn’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $15,000 bond for Brodnax, who Achorn said had no appreciable prior record, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with tampering with physical evidence, and with possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Brodnax.