OZARK, ARKANSAS – An Ozark Police Officer is facing hindering apprehension or investigation charges. Justin Phillips, 34, is accused of warning a felony theft suspect that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
According to court documents, Phillips called his wife on a department-issued cell phone and asked her to contact the suspect. The alleged conversation was recorded on police dash cam video.
He was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of corruption after an investigation that lasted several weeks. Arkansas State Police, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ozark Police Department were a part of the investigation.
Phillips worked at the Ozark Police Department in 2000. He left for a period of time, but came back in 2003. He is being held at the Pope County Detention Center.