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Traffic stop yields drug arrest

By Jesse Evans, 11/23/13 4:16 PM
Photo by Jesse Evans

Photo by Jesse Evans

A Fordyce, AR man was arrested and charged for possession with purpose Thursday after a traffic stop where he reportedly became uncooperative and attempted to flee before being tasered and subdued.

According to Arkansas State Police Lieutenant Brady Gore, at about 3:40 p.m. Thursday, November 21, Gordon Hoover was traveling east on Highway 278 near the Hempstead and Nevada County line where Trooper David Hamilton observed his silver 2004 Dodge Ram speeding in Hempstead County and initiated a traffic stop. Hoover crossed into NevadaCounty and pulled to the south side of the road.

After making contact with Hoover and speaking briefly with him, Lieutenant Gore said, Trooper Hamilton became suspicious and asked Hoover for consent to search his vehicle. Hoover reportedly gave Trooper Hamilton permission but later became uncooperative and tried to return to his truck. Trooper Hamilton attempted to handcuff Hoover and Hoover fled a short distance before, again, attempting to return to his truck. He again attempted to flee from Trooper Hamilton and he tasered Hoover and took him into custody.

Law enforcement personnel from the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas State Highway Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department responded to aid Hamilton before he subdued Hoover.

Pafford EMS was called out to remove the taser prongs from Hoover’s skin, including one that struck him in the back of the head. Hoover also complained of shoulder pain and was transported by Trooper Bryan Christenson to WadleyRegionalMedicalCenter in Hope to be checked out.

According to Lieutenant Gore, during further search of Hoover’s truck, law enforcement discovered individually wrapped baggies of crystal methamphetamine and a small amount of what appeared to be marijuana. Hoover was charged with possession with purpose (methamphetamine) and was still awaiting his first court appearance Friday afternoon.