Deputies recover stolen vehicle while answering complaint

Aaron Guptill (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Department)
Aaron Guptill (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Department)

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A complaint to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office leads deputies to a stolen vehicle and lands two people in jail.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, they received a complaint Friday about some intoxicated people causing a disturbance at the end of Baxter CR 15 at Bull Shoals Lake.

When a sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene, he came into contact with a 19-year-old male who was noticeably intoxicated. A portable breath test confirmed he'd been drinking. The deputy also made contact with 45-year-old Aaron Guptill of Mountain Home. The deputy later recognized that Guptill was on parole.

There were two other adults at the scene, as well as a 1996 Nissan Sentra. After an investigation, the deputy learned that Guptill had his alcohol in the Sentra. It was also confirmed that the 19-year-old, Christopher Farris, drank the alcohol that belonged to Guptill.

When questioned about who owned the vehicle, no one answered. That's when the deputy ran a check on the car through the National Crime Information Center. They confirmed that the car was reported stolen earlier that day through the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Clarksville, AR.

Aaron Guptill has been arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, public intoxication, both misdemeanors and parole violation, a felony.

Guptill is currently being held without bond in the Detention Center on the parole violation. He's set to appear in court on April 26 for the misdemeanor charges.

Christopher Farris was also arrested at the scene. He's been charged with minor in possession of alcohol, a misdemeanor.

Farris was booked into the Detention Center and was later released on bond pending an appearance in the District Court for April 26.

Baxter County Sheriff's Investigators are currently working with investigators from Johnson County to process the stolen vehicle. The filing of additional charges is possible.