A 75-year-old Sherwood man was arrested on drug-related charges on May 3 after Sherwood police were called to the scene of a hit-and-run accident.
Robert Martin, 7711 Jacksonville Cutoff Road, was arrested on the following charges: failure to comply with registration (C Felony), Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver (C Felony), Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver (two counts, D Felonies), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Police also cited him for careless/prohibited driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to carry a driver’s license.
According to a police report compiled by Sherwood Officer Drew Edwards, he responded to the area of East Kiehl Avenue and Lantrip Road in reference to the hit-and-run.
"Dispatch advised me that the caller stated a tan van struck their vehicle in the Big Red gas station parking lot and left the scene," Edwards reported. "Dispatch further advised that the caller was driving a black Nissan Maxima and was following the van southbound on Lantrip."
Edwards said he caught up with both vehicles on Lantrip and initiated a traffic stop on the van.
The van was a 1995 Dodge Caravan with a temporary license plate.
"Martin stated to me that he was not involved in an accident at the Big Red gas station, but that he just left there because he had to buy some cigarettes and was headed home," said Edwards.
Jonathan Bishop, of Sherwood, the driver of the 2012 Nissan, said the van backed into the passenger side of his vehicle while he was parked at a gas pump.
"Jonathan stated he attempted to get Robert’s attention, but that the van left the parking lot, traveling westbound on East Kiehl Avenue."
Police checked his driver’s license and found him to have a valid license but a computer check determined he had a warrant out for his arrest out of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.
"Dispatch also advised that Robert was registered sex offender in the NCIC/ACIC system with a delinquent status," said Edwards, who then told Martin to step out of the van.
Once out of the vehicle, police searched him and found a prescription bottle in his pant’s pocket.
"I observed the prescription bottle to have the name Betty Martin with a prescription for Lasix," said Edward. "Inside the bottle, I found three white oblong tablets, four blue round pills, and two white round pills. Robert stated that the prescription bottle belonged to his sister and the pills were her blood pressure medication."
Officers asked if he stilled lived at 7711 Jacksonville Cutoff, but Martin said he had not lived there for a month.
Once Martin was taken to the police station, Edwards again tried to obtain his updated address.
"Robert still could not give clear answered, but was consistent in stating that he had not lived at 7711 Jacksonville Cutoff for about a month.
Police put Martin’s pill bottle into evidence.