Traffic stop leads to drug arrest, police say


A traffic stop on a driver who was speeding Sunday ended in the man’s arrest on a drug-related charge.

Tony Eason, 26, was stopped by Arkansas State Police Trooper Marshall Williams and Cpl. Brad Spurlin on U.S. 79 north at Island Harbor Road after radar indicated Eason was traveling 71 in a 55 mile per hour zone, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said Monday.

Reed said the troopers reported the odor of intoxicants coming from inside the car and when they ran Eason’s driver’s license number, they discovered it was suspended.

Spurlin reported that Eason’s eyes were bloodshot when Williams conducted a pat down search. They also found a bulge in Eason’s right front pocket that turned out to be 12 grams of cocaine base, Sprulin said.

Reed said Eason was taken to the adult detention center after failing a series of field sobriety tests and recorded a .12 on the breath alcohol test. In Arkansas, a reading of .08 and above is considered legally intoxicated.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Eason after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance.

He was also charged with misdemeanor DWI, speeding and driving on a suspended license.

Eason said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Sept. 24.