Fort Smith Man Passes Deputy At McDonald’s, Later Arrested For Possession Of Meth

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — A Fort Smith man was arrested after fleeing from deputy he encountered at a McDonald’s while having meth in his possession.

According to an arrest report, while conducting a narcotics investigation, Sgt. R.D. Crouch with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office stopped at McDonald’s at Burnham Road and Rogers Avenue.

Crouch passed Carl Ashworth, who was leaving the restaurant.

A few minutes later, Crouch said, he heard a description of the person they were looking for in the narcotics investigation that matched Ashworth.

Crouch could still see Ashworth walking west on Burnham Road towards Rogers Avenue, and went to identify him.

Crouch said he approached Ashworth and asked him to stop, but Ashworth looked at Crouch and continued walking, according to the arrest report.

Ashworth then began running east, and Crouch pursued him.

In the drive-thru at the Regions Bank, Ashworth raised his hand and stated he was done.

Other deputies arrived at the scene and caught Ashworth. A small amount of meth was found in his possession, the report said.

Deputies then discovered Ashworth had warrants for his arrest. He was arrested for the warrants, fleeing, and possession of methamphetamine, an arrest report states.

He is being held at the Sebastian County Detention Center on a $1,200 bond.

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