Being familiar with a Redfield man and knowing he had a suspended driver’s license paid off Thursday for Redfield Police Chief Steve McFatridge.
McFatridge stopped Joshua Sanford, 29, who — it turned out — was driving a car that had been reported stolen in Little Rock.
Redfield Detective Teri Patterson reported that McFatridge was driving east on River Road when he saw Sanford driving a 1996 Honda Accord. A check of the license plate on the car indicated it had been stolen.
McFatridge stopped the car in the 400 block of River Road and arrested Sanford, who also had an active warrant from the Arkansas Parole Board and was listed as an absconder.
Patterson reported that the key that was in the ignition of the car Sanford was driving did not belong to the car and could not be removed.
While conducting a search of the vehicle, Patterson reported finding a glass smoking pipe with residue on it inside a plastic bag that also contained clothing.
The bag was found in the trunk of the vehicle and Sanford reportedly admitted that the bag was his and said he used the pipe to “smoke crystal methamphetamine.”
Sanford also reportedly said he had bought the car from a friend for $400.
Following a court hearing Friday, Special Judge Luke Zakrzewski set a $50,000 bond for Sanford after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Sanford, and he was told to come back to court Nov. 2.