Woman arrested while parked in inoperable carwash stall sentenced

Photo: Courtney Ramsey

A woman arrested on drug charges after she and a male companion were found in a truck parked in a non-working carwash stall in Mountain Home appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

Twenty-eight-year-old Courtney Ramsey, who lists an address in Forrest City, entered a guilty plea to the charges against her and was sentenced to four years probation.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Mountain Home police officer was on routine patrol about 11 p.m. on Nov. 3 last year, when he reported seeing a dark-colored truck with its lights out backed into an inoperable carwash stall at Ninth and College streets.

The officer contacted Ramsey and the driver of the truck, 37-year-old Brandon Farrell, who listed a Mountain Home address on some court documents and Mountain View on others.



Photo: Brandon Farrell

When police asked what they were doing in the inoperable carwash stall late at night, Farrell said he was picking up some tires he had left there.

Other officers arrived at the scene and one noticed two syringes in the pocket of the open door on the driver’s side of the truck.

Another syringe was located behind the rear passenger seat.

A further search of the truck and its contents turned up almost 15 grams of a substance field testing positive for methamphetamine.

The suspected drug was in four bags concealed behind the small door covering the neck of the fuel tank.

Officers also found a jar with slightly more than 18 grams of marijuana seeds.

Farrell said the methamphetamine belonged to Ramsey, but when asked about ownership of the drug, she asked to speak to an attorney and questioning stopped.

During her first appearance on the charges in mid-November last year, Ramsey said she wanted to enter a plea. She said she was from St. Francis County and wanted to get the matter in Baxter County behind her.

Now retired Circuit Judge Gordon Webb would not accept the plea at the time, since Ramsey had not had a chance to meet with a lawyer.

As to what she was doing in Baxter County when arrested, Ramsey told the court, “I just happened to be up here.”

Ramsey has been free on bond.

According to court records, Farrell was a no-show for a recent court appearance, and a failure to appear warrant was issued for his arrest was issued in early December last year.

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