ATV Being Ridden Without Lights Leads to Drug Arrests

It happened near Mountain Home around 12:30 a.m. Friday

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. - A man and woman have been arrested on drug charges after deputies investigated a complaint about an ATV being ridden up and down a county road without lights.

The Baxter County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) says it happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday in the Mallard Point area.

Deputies found the ATV on County Road 987 near Mallard Run Drive. According to an incident report, the woman who was driving had a light strapped to her head and the passenger was holding a flashlight.

The ATV was stopped and the two were detained. They have been identified as Tyler Joe Wheeler and Patricia Leann Wheeler, both 27, of rural Mountain Home.

The BCSO says both of them are on active supervised probation with Arkansas Community Correction, and both had search waivers on file. 

When the man was asked to step off the ATV, deputies say he tried to drop a small plastic baggy. When the deputy picked up the baggy, the woman reportedly tried to grab it out of his hand. The incident report states that the baggy contained about 1.9 grams of methamphetamine and the Wheeler's were then taken into custody. A further search of the area reportedly uncovered a small plastic bottle that had been dropped on the ground between the ATV and the patrol car. Inside were 10 clonazepam pills and about .4 grams of methamphetamine. All of the items were seized and taken into evidence.

The Wheeler's were both taken to the Baxter County Detention Center and each booked on charges of:

  • Possession of Controlled Substances (Felony)
  • Probation Violation (Felony)

They each have a bond of $5,000 on the drug charges but are being held without bond on the probation violations. They are set to appear in Circuit Court on July 12.

The Sheriff's Office says the ATV they were riding was found to have had the serial number removed. It has also been seized pending further investigation.

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