Jonathan Fry (photo courtesy of Mugshots Zone)
A 24-year-old man who was recently incarcerated in the Hempstead County Jail in southern Arkansas stood in Baxter County Circuit Court Monday to face a criminal complaint filed at the scene.
Jonathan Fry has pleaded guilty to two counts of drug offenses. He was placed on probation for three years and had to complete a “drug court program” in Hempstead County.
According to court records, Fry has three closed criminal cases in Hempstead County, the two open cases in Baxter County, and one closed case in Nevada County.
Charges in the cases include possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia used to ingest the drug, escaping on foot and obstructing law enforcement by hiding a fugitive.
Fry was sent to the Hempstead County Jail on February 10 on charges of probation violations and possession of drug paraphernalia.
BAXTER COUNTY FALLS
His charges against Baxter County stem from two arrests.
The first came in mid-July 2021. A Gassville Police Department officer went to a Mountain Loop address to arrest Fry, who was then on parole.
As the officer approached the residence, he reported that the front door of the residence was open and he saw Fry standing in the living room.
Fry was arrested without incident. As he was put in a squad car, he told the officer he had “stuff” in his sock.
The officer found a small plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine in the field.
In September last year, Fry was arrested again on multiple warrants. A Mountain Home officer spotted Fry near the intersection of State Highway 201 North and West North Street.
He reported that Fry ran as he approached.
A civilian working to repaint the parking lot of a nearby pharmacy called the officer and asked if he needed help stopping Fry.
When the officer was told he could use some help, the man began chasing Fry. The pursuit ended when the civilian and officer caught up near Elite Home Health Care.
Fry was taken into custody. He was found to have suspected methamphetamine on his person.
The two Baxter County criminal cases opened as a result of the 2021 arrests are listed as dormant in electronic court records because Fry served time in another county.
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