Man in violation of protective order arrested

An Arkansas man was arrested Sunday afternoon after it was learned he was under a protective order to stay away from a woman who was a passenger in his car.

At about 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Lincoln Parish Deputy Sheriff M. Harrison stopped on car for speeding 70 in a 55 mile per hour zone on U.S. 167. While the driver, Christopher D. Moffett, 41, was being told of the speeding violation, Harrison smelled marijuana in the car.

A records check showed Moffett was under an active protective order issued in Union County, Arkansas on behalf of a woman. To search the car, Harrison removed the passengers and the woman identified in the protective order was traveling in the back seat.

Protective orders typically dictate the party cannot have any contact with the protected person who also cannot personally rescind the order.

Moffett was arrested for violation of a protective order and speeding. On the way to the detention center, Moffett was informed if he had any contraband on him, it would be found. Moffett became restless in the patrol car back seat and after arrival at the detention center, a bag of marijuana was found on the seat.

Moffett was booked for the protective order violation, speeding, and possession of marijuana.

Bail was set at $10,000.