Man found passed out outside of a Batesville body shop arrested on drug charge

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Batesville Police officers were dispatched to a local body shop on Saturday, Nov. 7, where they found a man passed out in one of the shop’s cars.

BPD officers Larry Ring and David Rowe arrived at the location and observed a man passed out in a Ford Taurus in the back lot of the body shop with the vehicle’s door open, according to the probable cause for arrest affidavit that was filed on Tuesday in Independence County Circuit Court.

The affidavit noted Ring woke the man up, instructed him to step out of the car, and then observed the man be unsteady on his feet. The officer said in the court info that when the suspect placed his hands on a patrol vehicle for a pat-down, he was “unable to follow instructions” from Ring. Ring also said the man kept mumbling things that were not making sense.

According to the affidavit, the man, identified as Jeffrey Holloway (pictured), 30, of Batesville, appeared to be under the influence of an illegal substance. After a search of Holloway’s pockets, Patrolman Ring located a small clear plastic baggie containing a “crystal-like substance suspected of being methamphetamine,” the affidavit said. The substance was later field-tested and came back positive for methamphetamine, according to the court information.

After a check with the Arkansas Criminal Information Center, the officers were notified Holloway has previously been convicted of four or more felonies and was subject to enhanced imprisonment, the affidavit said.

Holloway was charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine less than two grams. The Class D felony is punishable by imprisonment and shall not exceed six years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both a fine and imprisonment.

Image via Independence County Sheriff’s Department

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