Wife of escaped inmate arrested on drug charges

The wife of an escaped inmate in Miller County, AR was recently arrested on drug charges in Southside.

According to the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, Arkansas Probation and Parole were searching for Stacey Patterson of Batesville.

Sheriff’s deputies spotted Patterson pull into the Dollar General in Southside. Upon making contact with Patterson, officers restrained her and placed her in a patrol car.

At that time, Officer Johnny Byler and his K9 partner Blue performed a free air search of the outside of Patterson’s car.

When the dog alerted, officers searched the car and found a plastic bag containing a crystal like substance.

The bag, located inside Patterson’s purse, was later determined to have contained 4.9 grams of methamphetamine valued at $300.

Patterson was transported to the Independence County Detention Center.

Earlier this week, Patterson’s husband, 37-year-old Joshua Patterson, escaped from a work release program in Texarkana.

Joshua Patterson was not at his job at M&M Milling when prison staff arrived at 6 a.m. to pick him up from the job.

Joshua Patterson was serving 16 years for a theft of property conviction in Benton County.

Though he has family in Independence County, Stacey Patterson’s arrest report made no indications that she had anything to do with her husband’s disappearance.

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