NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION
ARKANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
SAM BIRD, Judge
ALAN D. WILLIAMS
STATE OF ARKANSAS
NOVEMBER 8, 2006
APPEAL FROM THE M ILLER
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
HON. KIRK JOHNSON, JUDGE
Alan D. Williams entered a conditional plea of nolo contendere to the charge of
possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, reserving under Ark. R. Crim. P.
24.3(b) the right to appeal the trial court’s denial of his motion to suppress. He was
adjudicated guilty and was sentenced to twenty-five years in the Arkansas Department of
Correction. Williams’s sole point on appeal is that the trial court erred in denying his motion
to suppress. We disagree and affirm the conviction.
Williams was arrested on the morning of March 14, 2003 when Arkansas State Police
officers discovered marijuana and cocaine in the automobile that he was driving. At a
hearing on his motion to suppress, Williams challenged the initial traffic stop and the
subsequent search of his vehicle. Highway patrol officers Trooper Darren Neal and Corporal
Jeffrey L. Thomas were the only witnesses who testified at the hearing.
Trooper Neal stated that his highway patrol duties on March 14, 2003 included drug
interdiction in Miller County. He testified that the following events took place. Neal was
parked in a turn-around near the four-mile marker on Interstate 30, and Corporal Thomas,
a certified canine handler, was parked in the median next to him. Neal activated his radar
when he observed a white Chevrolet Malibu in the seventy-mile-an-hour zone and estimated
that it was traveling at seventy-five miles an hour. The radar, which locked on the car “a
couple hundred yards” from Neal’s location, showed a speed of seventy-four.
Neal caught up with the Chevrolet, turned on his blue lights, pulled the car over at
around the seven-mile marker, and approached the front passenger side. Coy Jackson was
riding in the front seat and Williams was the driv