Man facing multiple charges after traffic stop

Man facing multiple charges after traffic stop

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say a man is facing multiple charges after a Friday night traffic stop.

According to the incident report, it happened at 4:40 p.m. when police attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of Gee St. and Matthews  Avenue.

Police initiated the stop because the vehicle had expired tags, but the driver refused to pull over.

David Cody Larkins, 28,  continued driving slowly and pulled over multiple times as if he was going to stop, but then kept driving.

According to the incident report, Larkins kept reaching between his legs and placing things into his mouth and drinking from a can of soda.

This happened at least three times before he finally pulled over.

As police were approaching the vehicle, Larkins pulled forward briefly as if he was going to drive away.

The officer quickly went to driver's side door and opened it.  He saw marijuana residue and ashes all over Larkins's clothing.

Larkins would not exit the vehicle, so the officer pulled him out of the car and a glass meth pipe fell to the ground.

Police say the driver stopped on the pipe and shattered it.

Larkins was arrested and dispatch told police he had a suspended driver's license and was on parole.

Upon a search of the vehicle, police found a bag containing white crystal-like residue and soda that had been poured into the bag or spilled into it as Larkins was eating items.

They also found another bag containing possible marijuana residue that had also been eaten and had soda spilled in it.

Police took Larkins's shoe as evidence because it had glass from the pipe stuck in the bottom sole.

When police asked Larkins if he ate anything, he was uncooperative and did not respond.

Larkins was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where medical staff checked him.

According to the incident report, Larkins refused to answer any medical questions and acted like he was falling over.

Police took him to St. Bernards Medical Center to be treated and checked out, but he refused treatment.

Larkins was taken back to the CCDC and cited for no proof of insurance, expired vehicle license, failure to yield to emergency vehicles, and hazardous driving.

He was left at the CCDC in lieu of an $845 surety bond.

He awaits a probable cause hearing on charges of possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.

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