Reported disturbance ends in drug arrest


A reported disturbance at the Walmart Supercenter on Thursday was settled by the time police arrived but officers located a man who they said appeared to be intoxicated and arrested him on drug related charges.

Police would not allow Jayson Thomas, 28, to drive his vehicle because of his condition, Deputy Prosecutor Cymber Gieringer said during a court hearing for Thomas on Friday.

She said officers escorted Thomas outside to his vehicle to get his cell phone and call a relative for a ride, but Thomas was not able to locate his vehicle.

Vice and Narcotics Detective Michael Battles said in a probable-cause affidavit that Thomas gave officers a description of the vehicle and when they located it, they saw a clear smoking pipe in the driver’s seat.

After Thomas confirmed that the vehicle was his, officers searched it and found a clear bag containing suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle, Gieringer said, adding that Thomas had no prior felony convictions or pending charges.

She said Thomas listed an address in Crittenden County.

Circuit Judge Berlin Jones, who was sitting in for Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth, set a $5,000 bond for Thomas after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thomas said he would hire his own attorney.