Check on stalled ve­hi­cle leads to ar­rest

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/FYI - STEVEN MROSS The Sen­tinelRecord staff

A check on a stalled ve­hi­cle in the road­way Wed­nes­day morn­ing led to the ar­rest of the driver on mul­ti­ple felony charges af­ter drugs and guns were al­legedly found.

Ryan Nathaniel Couch, 35, who lists a Gobert Road ad­dress, was taken into cus­tody around

7:30 a.m. and charged with felony counts of si­mul­ta­ne­ous pos­ses­sion of drugs and firearms, pun­ish­able by up to life in prison, pos­ses­sion of meth with pur­pose to de­liver, pun­ish­able by up to 10 years, and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, pun­ish­able by up to six years, and mis­de­meanor counts of pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana with pur­pose to de­liver and driv­ing on a sus­pended driver’s li­cense.

Couch was be­ing held on zero bond and is set to ap­pear to­day in Gar­land County Dis­trict Court.

Ac­cord­ing to the prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit,

Hot Springs po­lice Cpl.

Kenny May spot­ted a 2013 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado truck parked in the out­side north­bound lane of the 1500 block of Hig­don Ferry Road with its flash­ers on and made con­tact with the driver, iden­ti­fied as Couch, to see if he could as­sist him.

Couch told May he ran out of gas and when asked about his tem­po­rary tag, which ex­pired in May, Couch said he was un­able to pay the sales tax. When asked for his driver’s li­cense, Couch “be­gan to get ner­vous” and stated he did not have a li­cense.

At that point, May no­ticed a ri­fle case in the pas­sen­ger seat and asked if he had any firearms. Couch re­port­edly told him he had two pis­tols and as Couch lifted his right hand to get out of the ve­hi­cle, May no­ticed a pis­tol un­der his hand.

The of­fi­cer de­tained Couch at that point and told him not to reach into the truck or his pock­ets. As he was be­ing hand­cuffed, Couch al­legedly reached into his pock­ets and be­gan throw­ing items out of them into the road­way.

At that point, May took Couch to the ground and held him un­til Of­fi­cer Randy Rodgers, who had ar­rived to as­sist, could con­firm he had no weapons on him. May noted one of the items thrown out was a con­tainer with 5.7 grams of what later tested pos­i­tive for mar­i­juana.

Couch was searched fur­ther and May al­legedly found a hol­lowed-out ink pen in his jacket pocket that had a large amount of white pow­dery residue. In the same pocket, May found a bag­gie with 0.3 gram of a sub­stance that later tested pos­i­tive for meth.

Dur­ing a search of the ve­hi­cle, three firearms were found, in­clud­ing a .45-cal­iber pis­tol and a 9-mm pis­tol, both loaded and in the driver’s seat area, and an un­loaded ri­fle in the pas­sen­ger seat.


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