A Batesville man was arrested and charged last week in Stone County Circuit Court with nine felony counts involving drugs and alcohol.
According to court information, authorities received information a man was driving recklessly into Mountain View on Highway 14 East on Wednesday, Sept. 2, almost striking a child getting off a school bus.
After the vehicle pulled into a Mountain View fast-food restaurant, officers located and approached the car, finding the driver, identified as Brandon Ray Brokaw, 32, of Batesville, and two passengers, Kourtney Shiver, who was on probation and was wanted for failure to appear out of Independence County, and Waylon Moser, who was on parole with a search waiver on file.
In fact, all three individuals had search waivers on file, according to the court documents.
Officers reported smelling intoxicants coming from the vehicle along with open containers of alcoholic beverages observed in plain view. Shiver and Brokaw were taken into custody for questioning about reckless driving and associating with known, previously-convicted felons.
At some points, authorities say Brokaw would become belligerent. During one such instance, court records allege a packet of methamphetamine fell out of his possession as he was being taken out of a patrol vehicle that had taken him to the Stone County Jail for questioning.
Authorities say Brokaw tampered with physical evidence in the back of an Arkansas State Trooper’s vehicle, inside the jail/booking room, and at the Stone County Medical Center. Brokaw was taken to the medical center because he had allegedly shoved an amount of meth inside a body orifice, according to court records.
Brokaw and two of the officers suffered minor injuries during the three times Brokaw fought with police, the court records said.
Brokaw’s charges include:
• Possession of meth, a controlled substance
• Three counts of aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer
• Three counts of tampering with evidence
• Possession of drug paraphernalia
• And resisting arrest.
Brokaw has been placed on a $250,000 bond.
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