Independence County Sheriff’s Deputies busy over the weekend with several arrests


Deputies from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department made several arrests over the weekend.

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Terry Binkley (pictured, above), 54, of Newport was taken into custody early Saturday morning and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, along with possession of hydrocodone. Binkley was pulled over by Deputy Johnny Byler because the tags on the car had been issued to a pickup truck. Byler noted he smelled marijuana when he approached the driver which brought on a search of the vehicle. There, he found meth, drug paraphernalia, and the hydrocodone, according to the report. Three of the charges facing Binkley are felonies.

In another case, a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old woman from Tuckerman was stopped by Sheriff Shawn Stephens because Stephens recognized the driver as a woman who had warrants for her arrest. There was also a male passenger in the vehicle who ran from the scene when the driver, Gabrielle Douglas (pictured, left), was pulled over. Douglas told the sheriff the passenger was Trevor Anthony Billingsley (right), also 23, and he ran because he was a parole absconder, according to the report.

The sheriff’s search of the vehicle turned up meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Stephens said Douglas is facing one felony and three misdemeanor charges. Douglas was taken to jail on her warrants and new charges. Billingsley was booked into the Independence County Detention Facility this afternoon.

Deputies also took into custody of a 28-year-old west Batesville man who was in possession of marijuana. He was also charged with fleeing an officer and endangering the welfare of two minor children. Three charges are pending against the suspect.

On Sunday, Deputy Byler took into custody a 28-year-old Batesville man who is accused of driving while intoxicated, driving a vehicle during DWI license suspension, refusing to submit to a sobriety test, and driving left of center — all misdemeanors.

In another incident, a 21-year-old Blytheville, Ark., man was accused of possession of marijuana — a misdemeanor.

And, Investigator Chris Toland arrested a 24-year-old Hispanic man at Lock 2 on the White River. The man presented Toland with a fraudulent ID card. He is facing three misdemeanor charges: public intoxication, obstructing governmental operations, and resisting arrest.

Images via Independence County Detention Center

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