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On Sept. 6 at 10:25 p.m., Officer Celena Harbison was sent to the Big Red Travel Plaza at 8110 Sheridan Road in response to a hit and run accident.

Rebekah Michelle Armendariz of White Hall was working when a co-worker told her that her vehicle had been hit. The co-worker, Aimee Shinn, told police a black suburban hit the rear bumper of Armendariz’s 1996 Acura, knocking off the rear bumper, then left the scene.

Two witnesses who were on the parking lot wrote down the license plate number of the black suburban and told police the driver was wearing a red shirt.

Sgt. Sandy Castleberry located a black suburban matching the description on Claud Road and attempted to stop the vehicle one block from Double L Road.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Chance Gober, did not immediately stop and pulled into a residence in the 1000 block of Double L Road before stopping.

Castleberry reported that the license plate number on the 2002 GMC Yukon driven by Gober matched the license plate number given by the witnesses and damage to Gober’s vehicle was consistent with the witness statements.

Gober was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident and given a court date of Oct. 9.

On Sept. 6 at 4:25 p.m., a two-vehicle accident was reported on West Little Lane at its intersection with Arkansas Highway 365/Dollarway Road.

Lee Ann Brown of Pine Bluff said she was pulling up to the stop sign on West Little Lane and said a pickup truck turned onto West Little Lane from Dollarway Road and struck the side of the school bus she was driving, then drove away.

The driver of the pickup, Turner Lee Sparks of White Hall said he was turning onto West Little Lane to drop off a friend and said his truck came close to the school bus but he denied hitting it.

Officer Brent Bridges reported inspecting the school bus and the pickup driven by Sparks and was unable to locate damage to either one consistent with the way the accident was reported. There were no citations issued.

On Sept. 8 at 6:40 a.m., Eboni White of Pine Bluff was eastbound on Hoadley Road approaching Dollarway Road when three deer came running out of the woods and White attempted to stop but struck the last deer in the line, causing damage to the left front fender, hood and windshield of the 2006 Honda Civic she was driving.

The damage was estimated at $1,500.

On Sept. 8 at 5:29 p.m., Officer Robert Rogers was sent to a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of Meredith Street.

Rogers reported talking to a female at the residence who was uncooperative and observed a male later identified as Billy Pippenger drive up to the residence, open the door, turn in the seat and “ball his fist up.” Rogers also reported a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and placed Pippinger in handcuffs while he continued the investigation.

Pippinger reportedly told Rogers that after the altercation, he had driven around and smoked some marijuana to calm himself down, and Rogers reported finding a cigarette pack on the floorboard of the vehicle that contained suspected marijuana, and a clear plastic bag containing suspected cocaine. A smoking pipe was also located.

Pippinger was taken to the adult detention center where he was booked in on felony and misdemeanor charges. He was interviewed by Tri-County Drug Task Force Sgt. Andy Hoots, who released Pippinger on the felony charge pending further investigation.

On Sept. 10 at 9:05 a.m., Police Chief Richard Wingard received information on the location of Sherell Simmons, who was wanted on a failure to comply warrant from White Hall City Court. Wingard and Officer Chris Drye located Simmons at White Hall Nursing Home where she was arrested on the warrant.

On Sept. 10 at 8:19 p.m. Officer Brent Bridges was sent to the area of Settler’s Court in response to a reported suspicious vehicle, a red truck. The truck had left the area when Bridges arrived.

A short time later, Sgt. Sandy Castleberry received information that the red truck had pulled into the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel and the driver had gotten out and urinated on the parking lot before getting back in and driving away.

Castleberry located the vehicle on Sheridan Road and reported observing the vehicle crossed the double yellow line and was swerving from line to line. He attempted a traffic stop at Sheridan Road and Heartwood Drive by activating his blue lights but the driver refused to stop and did not respond when Castleberry activated his siren.

The report said the driver of the truck, later identified as Guadalupe Ortiz Alvarez, activated his four way flashers and continued driving at speeds of 30 to 40 miles per hour before turning onto Sidney Street and pulling into the driveway of an apartment in the 2100 block of Sidney Street.

Alvarez was taken into custody for fleeing, careless and prohibited driving, driving with no driver’s license, DWI, and later criminal use of a prohibited weapon after a set of chrome metal knuckles were found in the center top console of the truck.

Castleberry took Alvarez to the adult detention center where Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Israel Romero, who is fluent in Spanish performed a series of field sobriety tests and read Alvarez his DWI rights. Alvarez agreed to take a breath alcohol test and the result was a .17. In Arkansas, a reading of .08 and above is considered legally intoxicated.

On Sept. 12 at 11:40 a.m., a two-vehicle accident was reported on U.S. 270/Sheridan Road at the intersection of the I-530 south on-ramp.

Bobbie Nobles of Pine Bluff said she was traveling east on U.S. 270 and came to the intersection of I-530 and U.S. 270. She said she was stopped behind another vehicle and her foot slipped off the brake and she struck the other vehicle.

Damage to the 2012 Dodge driven by Nobles was estimated at $1,000.

The driver of the other vehicle, Diann Joyce Herring of Herriman, Utah, said she was stopped at the traffic light and while she was stopped, her vehicle was struck in the rear.

Damage to the 2011 Ford driven by Herring was estimated at $1,000.

Both parties refused medical treatment and there were no citations issued.