Two Charged With Pos­ses­sion Of Firearms

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Lynn Kut­ter

A Fayetteville man and Atkins woman are both fac­ing a felony charge of pos­ses­sion of firearms by cer­tain per­sons af­ter Farm­ing­ton po­lice stopped their ve­hi­cle and found six rounds of .22 cal­iber am­mu­ni­tion on the mid­dle con­sole and a re­volver in the trunk, ac­cord­ing to a Farm­ing­ton po­lice re­port.

John Atch­ley, 30, of Fayetteville, was ar­rested April 12 in con­nec­tion with no tail light, no proof of in­sur­ance, no proof of own­er­ship, pos­ses­sion of con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of firearm.

Mara Bridges, 27, of Atkins, was ar­rested April 12 in con­nec­tion with ob­struct­ing gov­ern­men­tal op­er­a­tions, flight from of­fi­cer on foot, pos­ses­sion of con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of firearm.

The re­port states that Of­fi­cer Justin Collins stopped a Ford Taurus at 12:35 a.m. April 12, near the in­ter­sec­tion of Hill Street and Bois D’Arc when he no­ticed it had a busted pas­sen­ger side brake light.

Atch­ley was driv­ing the ve­hi­cle and Bridges was the pas­sen­ger. Collins learned Atch­ley was a parolee with a search waiver on file and later dis­cov­ered Bridges was listed as an ab­scon­der with the board of pa­role and pro­ba­tion and had an ac­tive na­tion­wide ex­tra­di­tion war­rant.

Collins re­ported that as he placed Atch­ley in hand­cuffs to com­plete the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Bridges fled on foot. Washington County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and Prairie Grove Po­lice Depart­ment ar­rived shortly to help search for Bridges.

Collins said he searched the ve­hi­cle and found am­mu­ni­tion in plain sight on the mid­dle con­sole and saw a black frame re­volver with wooden grips in the trunk.

Bridges was then lo­cated in a creek nearby by county deputies and brought back to the scene of the traf­fic stop.

Both de­nied know­ing about a weapon in the ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. Bridges also de­nied knowl­edge of any am­mu­ni­tion.

The sus­pects were taken to Washington County De­ten­tion Cen­ter and turned over for fur­ther pro­cess­ing.

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