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Man parked in wrong driveway heads to jail on drug charges, refusing to submit to arrest

Batesville Police officers were dispatched to a Broad Street residence on Sunday regarding a truck parked at the home that did not belong to the homeowner.

Upon arrival, officers located a truck parked in the driveway behind the residence, approached the vehicle, and found a male subject in the driver’s seat holding a glass smoking pipe commonly used to ingest methamphetamine, according to the arrest affidavit.

After officers opened the door and gave the subject, later identified as Miguel Arthur Gomez (pictured above), 28, of Batesville, a lawful order to exit the vehicle, the affidavit said Gomez refused to exit the vehicle even after more commands to do so by officers.

At that point, BPD Officer Melissa Wilkey and Sgt. Rick Davis then physically removed Gomez from the truck, even as Gomez continued to pull away from them, the court info said.

As Gomez continued to resist against officers, the officers reported he threw the glass smoking device on the ground, shattering it, as if he was trying to dispose of evidence. Gomez was then placed under arrest.

Through a search of his vehicle, officers discovered a “white crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine” inside a cup holder in the center console; a clear plastic baggie and a lid from a cigarette pack inside the cup holder covered in a white crystalline residue suspected to be methamphetamine; and a white crystalline substance, also suspected to be methamphetamine, all over the driver side of the vehicle and console.

The substance was later field-tested as positive for meth.

Gomez is charged with one felony count of possession of meth (less than two grams); one felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one felony count of tampering with physical evidence; and misdemeanor refusal to submit to arrest.

He’s being held on a bond of $10,000.

Image via Independence County Sheriff’s Department.

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