JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A man may have locked his car with the keys inside to avoid having police search it.
However, with a locksmith's help and the man's criminal history, police found marijuana and a loaded firearm in the car, Jonesboro police said Thursday.
Regis Storm Ervin of Jonesboro was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of a firearm by certain persons and cited for possession of a controlled substance.
According to the police report, Officer Ethan Sanderlin said he was driving on East Johnson Avenue at the intersection with Main Street when he noticed a gold Chevrolet Monte Carlo pull out of a nearby gas station parking lot and go into the turn lane.
From there, the car pulled back into the parking lot and Ervin went inside the gas station. However, Ervin left in the car and Sanderlin followed him to an apartment complex on Vandyne Drive.
Ervin got out of the car and Sanderlin spoke to him and noticed a smell of marijuana, police said.
"I then searched Ervin because I could smell the odor of marijuana coming from his person but did not find anything. I asked if I could search his vehicle and he stated that he did not want me to search it because he did not feel as though I had a reason to contact him," Sanderlin said.
However, Sanderlin told Ervin that he spoke to him due to his suspicious manner of driving, police said.
The report noted Ervin told Sanderlin he was going to a nearby apartment to look for someone named Otis. Sanderlin checked the apartment and asked the person inside for information.
"I was greeted by an elderly black female who advised that she did not know an Otis," Sanderlin said.
A drug dog later walked around the vehicle and detected an odor of marijuana, police said.
"I advised him that I had probable cause to search the vehicle and asked him if the car was unlocked," Sanderlin said. "He stated it was locked but that he did not have the keys. Ervin began to fidget and shake as I was talking to him, so I detained him in handcuffs. I began to suspect at this time that Ervin had locked his keys in the vehicle in an attempt to keep me from searching it."
In addition to the marijuana, Sanderlin also found the 40-caliber Springfield XD40 handgun under a passenger seat, police said.
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