Three Pine Bluff men were arrested on drug charges Sunday morning after the vehicle they were riding in was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint by Arkansas State Police Troopers.
Charles Creal, 32, Anthony Hampton, 32, and Johnathon Sargent, 31, were in a black Chevrolet Tahoe that Trooper Dustin Thompson stopped at West Barraque and Bryant streets at 12:30 a.m.
Special Agent Oscar Bullard said in a probable-cause affidavit that Creal was driving and Thompson told him to park next to one of the police cars on the parking lot of a business, but instead Creal drove past the police cars and Thompson reported seeing an unknown white object come out of the driver’s side window of the vehicle.
Thompson also reported seeing the vehicle’s backup lights come on, and Creal allegedly accelerated toward the trooper before stopping.
Bullard said in the affidavit that Thompson and other troopers approached the vehicles with their weapons drawn, and all three men denied throwing anything out the window of the vehicle.
Thompson reported that he retraced the path of the vehicle and found a white tissue wrapped around a brown bottle that had a strong odor and was suspected to be PCP.
Trooper Mark Blackerby was assisting Thompson with handcuffing the men and Creal allegedly pushed Blackerby and then fled on foot while he was handcuffed until a Taser was deployed and Creal fell to the ground.
Bullard said in the affidavit that troopers found “numerous pairs of rubber gloves” around the seats of the vehicle and an open package of cigarettes that commonly are used to dip in PCP.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge all three men with possession of a controlled substance PCP.
Bond for Sargent, who is on probation, was set at $50,000 cash-only. A $100,000 cash-only bond was set for Creal, who has prior convictions dating back to 1998 but nothing pending, and a $15,000 secured bond for Hampton, who also had no pending charges.