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Salem man arrested on drug charges

Thursday, September 29, 2005

A Salem, Ark., man was charged with felony drug offenses Sept. 26 after a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 223 South and McGinnes Creek Road.

Donnie P. Cunningham, 37, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, Valium, a class C felony; and possession of a controlled substance, Xanax, a class C felony.

Cpl. Ronnie Stewart with the Arkansas State Police said he stopped Cunningham because the front right tire of the 1997 GMC Jimmy Cunningham was driving was coming off.

Cunningham told Stewart and Fulton County deputy Jason Martin that the tie rod on the front right side had come off and he used a piece of bailing wire to reattach it.

Stewart said he asked Cunningham for his driver's license, but Cunningham was unable to provide one.

Cunningham told Stewart that he had multiple DWI arrests and he didn't have a license.

Stewart said he checked Cunningham's old driver's license number and it revealed he had a misdemeanor warrant in Baxter County for DWI.

During a search of Cunningham's vehicle officers discovered a bottle containing Xanax and another bottle containing Valium.

Cunningham was arrested and transported to the Fulton County jail.

According to the Fulton County Clerk's Office, Cunningham has a lengthy criminal history which includes previous drug convictions.

Bond for Cunningham had not been set at press time. He is slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court in October.

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