Man accused of stealing “girlfriend’s” car

Man accused of stealing “girlfriend’s” car
Anthony Parks faces charges in connection to a stolen vehicle. (Source: Independence County Sheriff's Office)

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - Independence County deputies arrested a man after they say he stole a Paragould woman’s car and credit cards.

While on patrol Sunday night, a deputy spotted a gray Chevrolet Malibu without a license plate.

When he tried to pull the car over, the driver sped off.

Following a brief chase, the driver finally stopped in the Greenbriar Bottoms area.

The deputy, who had prior encounters with him, identified the driver as Anthony Parks.

He also knew, according to the affidavit, that Parks recently had his driving privileges suspended, and arrested him.

While searching Parks, the deputy reportedly found a cheetah-print debit card with a woman’s name on it.

Parks told the deputy the card belonged to his “girlfriend.”

The deputy also found the woman’s driver’s license, as well as her wallet in the vehicle.

A glass pipe typically used to smoke methamphetamines was also found, according to the court documents, and field-tested positive for meth.

While investigating, the deputy reportedly learned that the car had been reported stolen Saturday from Marco’s Pizza in Paragould.

When the deputy called the restaurant for more information, he learned the woman’s husband had reported the theft,

The deputy arrested Parks on suspicion of use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, two counts of theft by receiving, fleeing, and driving while license canceled, suspended, or revoked. He was also charged as a habitual offender due to having four or more felony convictions.

The affidavit said a further investigation is pending to determine if Parks used the credit/debit cards found in the vehicle.

He is being held in the Independence County Jail in lieu of a $10,860 bond.

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