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Sherwood police make arrest in gas drive off

Sherwood police have made an arrest in a mid-August gas gasoline drive-off at the Kum N Go gasoline station. For several weeks, the station has reported several instances of people driving off without paying for their gasoline.

Brandi Newsome, 27, of North Little Rock was arrested on Aug. 15 on charges of theft of motor fuel, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and cited for driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance.

The arrest came after police were dispatched to the Kum N Go on East Kiehl Avenue in reference to a gasoline driveoff.

Clerk Christie Dishler advised that a small red pickup with a heavyset blonde female driver had left the station at about 9:30 p.m.

“As I finished assisting with a call on Warden Road, I observed a heavyset blonde female pass in a small red pickup,” reported Sherwood Police Officer Chad Clements.

Clements made a traffic stop on the vehicle matching the description.

Upon making contact with Newsome, Clements told her why she was stopped.

“Newsome stated that she was the one that drove off without paying for the gas and that she was sorry,” Clements reported.

While Newsome was going through her purse looking for identification police observed a pipe.

Clements told her to exit the vehicle. He asked her if she had anything in her purse, and she responded that a pipe was in there.

“I asked if there was anything else and she stated no,” according to the police report.

While obtaining the pipe with residue from her purse police observed black scales with residue in the purse too.

“At this time Newsome was placed under arrest and in the rear of my police unit,” Clements said.

While doing an inventory of the vehicle Clements found a black case with small plastic bags containing a small amount of residue in the driver’s side door. All items were taken and placed into evidence to be submitted to the Arkansas State Crime lab.

Newsome was transported to the city police department where she was released to booking personnel.

GT Wrecker towed the vehicle from the scene.

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