Hot Springs Police Sergeant L. Zaner was on patrol last week in the area of Central Avenue near Woodlawn Street when she allegedly found a white Jeep Laredo displaying the incorrect license plate. When she turned around on the vehicle to initiate a traffic stop, the Jeep made a sudden erratic turn into a parking lot, accelerated, ran over a curb and then came to an abrupt stop.
Sgt. Zaner greeted the driver, Maya Ann Martinez, 21, of Pleasant Valley Street in Hot Springs. 3 unidentified males were reportedly riding as passengers in the Jeep at the time of the stop. These 3 males were not mentioned again in the report.
Ms. Martinez allegedly had her head in her hands and was rocking back and forth in the driver seat upon initial contact. Ms. Martinez was allegedly unable to produce a driver’s license or paperwork on the vehicle. The report says that Ms. Martinez was violently shaking while trying to light a cigarette. She was asked to step out of the vehicle.
While conducting a content search of Ms. Martinez, Sgt. Zaner allegedly noticed a large bulge in the bra she was wearing. Sgt. Zaner asked about the bulge and Ms. Martinez allegedly made an evasive move away from her. Sgt. Zaner stayed with it and allegedly located a lighter and a baggie containing 2 large meth rocks that weighed a combined 16.2 grams.
Ms. Martinez was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. She is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance and was issued traffic tickets with a bond amount totaling $5,000.