A Fort Smith woman arrested for driving while intoxicated after a man was struck and killed early Sunday has five prior DWI convictions.
Nathanael DeJarnett, 20, of Wellington, Kan., was “walking, or crossing the roadway” when he was hit by a 1992 Chevy pickup driven by Vicki Lee Fielding, 51, of Fort Smith, Sgt. Waymon Parker of the Fort Smith Police Department said.
An Arkansas State Police report says the driver was turning left shortly before 1 a.m. when the vehicle struck DeJarnett in the center left-turn lane of the roadway at North Greenwood Avenue and North J Street.
Witnesses reported Fielding swerved and hit DeJarnett, “causing him to be flipped on the hood and impact the windshield, eventually landing on the toolbox in the bed of the pickup truck,” according to a Fort Smith Police Department collision report.
Fielding was arrested on suspicion of DWI, refusing to submit to a chemical test and reckless driving, according to court records.
via Suspect In Pedestrian Death Has Five DWI Convictions | The Times Record.
An officer died shortly after he was hit while directing traffic at the scene of another accident on Friday.
Officer William McGary, 26, remained in serious condition in the hours following the accident, before succumbing to his injuries at a hospital in Little Rock, according to ODMP.
The driver of the vehicle, Barry Strickland, 31, was arrested on the scene and charged with first degree battery, DWI, careless driving, and disobeying a police officer, according to Today’s THV.
Public information officer LaTresha Woodruff said McGary’s family was very proud that he was a member of the Conway Police Department and was appreciative of all the outpouring of support. McGary had been with the department only two years.
via Ark. cop hit, killed by drunk driver.
Authorities in Faulkner County are still investigating a fatal hit-and-run of a boy in Wooster.
Michael Fowler, 27, of Springfield, was allegedly driving drunk in a 1998 Dodge pickup truck with two people inside at the time of the crash.
The victim has been identified as Garrett Martin, 12. He was driving an ATV at the time of the crash.
Formal charges are expected for Fowler in the coming days, but he was taken into custody on suspicion of DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
via Michael Fowler allegedly hits, kills Garrett Martin with car in Wooster | todaysthv.com.
A Democratic congressional candidate in Arkansas has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over in Fayetteville.
Herb Rule was released from the Washington County jail early Friday morning after he was arrested on charges of improper lane use, failure to use signal device, DWI and violation of the implied consent law.
Fayetteville police say an officer pulled over Rule after seeing his car drift between lanes and traveling below the speed limit. The police report said the officer smelled the odor of “intoxicating beverages” coming from Rule and his vehicle. Police say Rule failed a field sobriety test but refused to take a blood alcohol test.
Rule is challenging Republican Congressman Tim Griffin.
Rule and his campaign did not immediately return calls Friday morning.
via Ark. congressional candidate arrested for DWI – SFGate. (AP story)
Damon Trey Warbritton
A Conway man is hospitalized today after police say he was struck by a drunk driver during his morning walk. Major Andy Shock with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department says Damon Trey Warbritton struck Allan Shirley of Conway then ran through the man’s house with his truck. It happened just before 8am on Roden Mill Road just east of Conway. Shock says Shirley attempted to get out of the way of the vehicle by jumping into a nearby ditch but Warbritton swerved toward the ditch striking Shirley and then continued about 300 feet down the road crashing into Shirley’s house. Officers say Warbritton’s blood alcohol content was point 15, nearly two times the legal limit. Damage to the home is estimated at around $15,000. Warbritton is charged with DWI and reckless driving. Shirley meanwhile is listed in stable condition.
via Conway man struck by drunk driver | todaysthv.com.
A 35-year-old man is accused of driving drunk and killing an unborn child after an automobile accident this weekend.
The Independence County Sheriff’s Department filed for and received an affidavit warrant Tuesday through the 16th Judicial Prosecutor’s office and the Hon. Judge Chaney Taylor for the arrest of Ernesto Berdeja. He is charged with negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated.
This is the result of an investigation involving the death of an infant child in a car accident Saturday evening on Harrison Street in Batesville, according to a sheriff’s press release.
The sheriff’s department learned a pregnant woman lost the child during the accident involving a car and truck.
The press release states the infant was sent to the Arkansas Medical Examiner’s Office.
via Police: Drunk driver kills unborn child – KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports, classifieds.
Sheriff Danny Hickman reports that on the 13th day of June 2012, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a dump truck overturned at a residence off Eoff Road. Upon arriving at the scene and doing some investigation, Deputies learned that the dump truck had been stolen the night before.
Investigator Ryan Watson processed the scene where evidence was gathered indicating who might have been in the truck and that they had been injured.
Further investigation revealed that a Carson C. Campbell, age 21, of Harrison, had been arrested the night before at the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center for Driving While Intoxicated. Campbell told Cpl. Upton that he was “drunk” and had wrecked his four-wheeler off Prairie View Road and this was how he was injured. No four-wheeler was able to be located.
Campbell was interviewed at the Sheriff’s Department the next morning, where he confessed to stealing the dump truck and driving it down several roads in the southern half of the county before finally overturning the vehicle on Eoff Road.
via Stolen Dump Truck Wrecked – KHOZ Local News.
A 56-year-old Marshall man faces a felony DWI charge after he allegedly drove a road grader into his own vehicle Wednesday morning, Arkansas State Police say.
via Man drives grader into own pickup; DWI No. 4 – HarrisonDaily.com: News.