North Batesville traffic stop attempt turns into a list of charges for Pine Bluff man


A routine traffic stop attempt Tuesday night by an Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy turned into a laundry list of charges including possession of a controlled substance and fleeing from officers.

Deputy Zach Spohr was patrolling north of Batesville just after 10 last night when he noticed a vehicle with just one headlight operating, and he turned around to conduct a traffic stop.

The vehicle then sped away, and Spohr gave chase. The vehicle then turned into a driveway north of Lesley Hollow Road and continued through a gate and into a field.

After coming to a stop, Spohr said he approached the vehicle on foot and noticed a passenger in the vehicle and the driver running into the woods. That driver was identified by the passenger as Richard Dale Hall (pictured), 29, of Pine Bluff, Ark.

With the help of other deputies, reserve deputies, and a K-9, Hall was found and taken into custody. After a search of Hall, Spohr found two sandwich-style baggies with marijuana inside.

Hall was placed on a hold for probation and parole and issued citations for:  driving on a suspended license, no headlight, no insurance, expired tags, fleeing in a vehicle, fleeing on foot, and possession of a controlled substance — namely marijuana.

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