Traffic stop ends in domestic violence arrest

What began as a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding March 20 resulted in felony domestic battery allegations against a Pine Bluff man.

Leon Williams, 30, who was previously convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery in July, 2013, was arrested after he pulled up in a vehicle after police had stopped the driver of a second vehicle, who was also involved in the domestic incident, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said during a court hearing Tuesday.

A probable cause affidavit from Detective Michael Roberts said Officer Chris Kendrick had stopped a red Mustang for speeding when a red Dodge truck with loud pipes driven by Williams pulled up in front of the police car.

According to the affidavit, Kendrick kept Williams and the female driver of the car separated until other officers arrived, and both Williams and the female were arrested on misdemeanor charges.

The alleged female victim, who was not identified in court, told police she and Williams “had gotten into a tussle and she was trying to get away.”

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Williams after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with second offense third-degree domestic battery, a Class D felony.

Williams was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled.

He said he would hire his own attorney.