Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - A Spiro woman was charged May 17 with bringing contraband into the Roland Jail.
Angelique N. Benson, 30, could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 if she is convicted on the felony count. She was also charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.
On May 11, a Roland police officer was on patrol when he spotted a tan Chevrolet Equinox that made an improper lane change. The vehicle had several items hanging from its rear-view mirror and an obstructed license plate, court documents reveal.
The officer stopped the Equinox, and he met with a male driver and a female passenger. The man provided his identification, but the woman, later identified as Benson, told him she didn’t have her ID on her.
Back at his patrol vehicle, the officer asked the man who the woman was. Saying he only knew her as “Angelique,” the man said he was giving her a ride from the casino because she had asked him to.
When asked for her name, Benson said she was Susan Flores and was born in 1976, then stated that she was 38 years old. Quickly doing the math, the officer had the much younger Benson exit the vehicle and she was arrested.
Benson told the officer her real name and said she had a $380 warrant but didn’t want to go to jail because she had three children at home. A check with dispatch revealed that Benson had felony warrants in Sebastian County, Ark., and in Texas.
The male driver was allowed to leave and Benson was transported to the Roland Jail.
During a search of Benson at the jail, a look inside her purse uncovered a clear baggie containing a crystalline substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine.
Andrea Adams, Staff Writer
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