Arkansas couple jailed after Marion deputy spots expired Arkansas license tag

An Arkansas couple found themselves behind bars Monday afternoon after being stopped in Ocala in a vehicle with an expired Arkansas temporary tag.

William C. Goodwin and Brittany A. Butler

William C. Goodwin, 46, of Springdale, Ark., told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that he knew about the issue with his license tag. He also admitted that this Arkansas driver’s license was suspended and said he had been arrested twice in Florida within the last couple of months for driving with license suspended or revoked, a sheriff’s office report states.

Goodwin showed the deputy a citation he had received on Aug. 3 from a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer. He said he forgot he was supposed to have been in court Monday morning and “was just trying to go home to Arkansas, the report says.

The deputy confirmed that Goodwin’s license was suspended, as well as two prior convictions in 2017 in Arkansas for driving while license suspended. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with driving with license suspended (third or subsequent offense). He was being held on $5,000 bond and is due in court Oct. 15 at 9 a.m.

Goodwin’s passenger, 33-year-old Brittany A. Butler, also of Springdale, Ark., was arrested on a warrant out of Washington County, Ark., for a probation violation on a contempt of court charge. She was being held on no bond.