One dead after state trooper opens fire during standoff
Arkansas State Trooper Wingo investigated a single vehicle crash last night where a man drove a truck off the highway and approximately 100 upstream in a creek.
Evidence at the scene showed that the northbound Ford truck exited the right side of the pavement in a curve, traveled approximately 50 ft. down a grassy roadside, entered a well defined and flowing creek and continued approximately 100 yards before running into a rock formation akin to a short wall. The truck became disabled against the rocks in about 2 ft. of water.
Piney Fire & Rescue Troops arrived quickly and assisted as necessary.
LifeNet dispatched an Ambulance Crew to the scene. They met with the occupants of the wrecked truck, but did not transport anyone to the hospital.
The driver was checked for intoxication. He passed the trooper’s DWI check with no problem.
Ernie’s Wrecker recovered the truck from the creek, took charge of it and removed it from the scene.
Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately 15 minutes.
Arkansas State Police Trooper Whitney investigated a fatal pedestrian crash Monday Night around 10:45 on Highway 270 West at Piney Junction.
Stephen L. Davis, 46, of Hot Springs was struck and killed by a westbound 2008 Chrysler 300 as he was crossing the highway on foot at the east end of the intersection.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol responded quickly and assisted as needed.
Piney Fire & Rescue Troops closed the highway, directed traffic and otherwise assisted as necessary.
LifeNet Dispatched an Ambulance Crew to the scene, but the situation was very tragic, very early on and they were not successful with medical assistance they may have provided to the victim.
Garland County Coroner Stuart Smedley conducted the investigation for his office and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
Weather conditions at the time of the crash were dry and clear.
The intersection was closed for at least an hour and a half.
Arkansas State Police Trooper Whitney investigated a single vehicle airborne, rollover crash yesterday on Highway 70 West at North Dana Road in front of the Sonic Drive In.
Evidence at the scene showed that the westbound SUV exited the right side of the pavement, struck a grassy embankment, ramped off of it, landed in the Bank OZK Parking lot, overturned and came to final rest on it’s roof at the front door of the bank.
70 West Fire & Rescue Troops arrived quickly and assisted as necessary.
LifeNet dispatched an Ambulance Crew, but no injury was reported.
Holcomb’s Transport & Recovery took charge of and removed the wreckage from the scene.
Traffic flow was not interrupted.
Arkansas State Police Trooper Sheldon investigated a serious, single vehicle, 4-wheeler injury crash early this morning on Cordell Drive.
Evidence at the scene suggested that the eastbound 4-wheeler encountered a pot hole on the paved street and as a result, it appears that the operator may have lost control and the vehicle overturned at least once. 2 people were thrown from the vehicle as a result of the crash.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Department arrived quickly and assisted as necessary.
Piney Fire & Rescue Troops arrived quickly. Piney Fire Chief Scott Miser led his First Responders as they blocked the road, assisted with medical care and set up the landing zone for the helicopter at the Crystal Springs Recreation Area.
LifeNet dispatched 2 Ambulance Crews, the EMS Supervisor and the Air Crew to the scene. 1 patient was transported by ambulance to the hospital and 1 patient was flown by helicopter to the hospital.
The street was closed at this spot for at least an hour.
An Arkansas State Police trooper resigned June 7 and now faces felony hit and run charges after a crash that left a woman injured.
Trooper Clint Vaughan, 34, turned in his resignation a day after the crash.
The crash happened late Thursday night on Highway 65 north of Conway.
According to an affidavit obtained from the Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney, police were dispatched to a reported hit and run at approximately 11:18 p.m. on Thursday night.
Police found a woman injured in her car, which had “significant damage” on its passenger side, and took the victim to the hospital, according to police.
According to the affidavit, witnesses described the vehicle that left the scene as a white pickup truck that had sustained damage to its passenger side and was “throwing sparks as it left the scene.”
Police found that truck about a mile away, noting that there had also been damage to the right side passenger wheel and axle.
As police were investigating the vehicle, a tow truck driver approached and told authorities that Vaughan had told him that someone had stolen his truck and to tow it back to Quitman, where Vaughan lives, according to the affidavit.
Early the next morning, officers found Vaughan at Quality Inn in Conway, which is a short walking distance from where police found his damaged vehicle that he claimed had been stolen.
Vaughan confirmed he was traveling on Highway 65 the night of the hit and run, but said he thought he hit a curb and admitted to “consuming alcohol prior to the crash.”
The former trooper now faces one count of 3rd-degree battery and one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injury, which is a felony.
Arkansas State Police Trooper Tankersley investigated a single, large, articulated vehicle crash on Highway 7 North at the Fountain Lake Sonic Drive-In that closed the highway for a couple of hours the night of 6/5/2019.
Evidence at the scene showed that the northbound dump truck crossed the center line, exited the left edge of the pavement, struck a dirt driveway culvert and a large trash can, entered the highway, went left of center again, exited the right side of the pavement and came to final rest with the front end of the vehicle in the deep ditch. The trailer that was being pulled during the crash overturned completely blocking the highway. The trailer’s cargo (a large back hoe type vehicle) came off the trailer and was also blocking the highway. During the crash, utility lines were brought down and they blocked the highway as well.
A witness at the scene told me that a pickup truck turned from a driveway into the path of the dump truck and that’s possibly how the trouble began.
The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol assisted as needed.
Fire Chief Steven Sawyer and his Fountain Lake Fire & Rescue Troops took charge of traffic, set a fire watch and otherwise assisted as needed.
No injuries were reported in connection to this event.
The highway was blocked and traffic was rerouted for at least a couple of hours.
Arkansas State Police Trooper First Class Shelton investigated a fatal single vehicle pedestrian vs. vehicle crash on Highway 270E East near Bonnerdale.
The ASP Preliminary Fatal Crash Report says that Robert W. Ransom, 46, of Arkadelphia, was struck by a car and killed as he was walking along the highway.
Traffic flow was interrupted for at least an hour.
Arkansas State Police Trooper Heinley investigated a fatal single vehicle 18-wheeler rash on Highway 270W at Bailey Hill yesterday morning.
Evidence at the scene suggested that the eastbound, fully loaded 18-wheeler exited the pavement at a curve, traveled a very short distance on the grassy roadside, struck a driveway culvert, continued on and smashed head-on into the tree line striking several large pine trees. The trailer of the 18-wheeler continued into the back of the cab after impact. The vehicle came to final rest jammed into the tree line.
Rockport Police, Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Patrol, Arkansas Highway PoliceMalvern Fire Department, Mt. Willow/Rockport Fire Department all assisted at the scene. Also represented at the scene were were the Hot Spring County Coroner’s Office and Hot Spring County County Arkansas Department Of Emergency Management.
The crash snapped a large pine tree about 20 feet from the ground. The tree limbs were piled up on the highway.
Killed in the crash is 51 year old Melvin Lee Junior of Hampton.
Fire department/rescue personnel had to cut trees with chainsaws in order to remove the truck from the woods.
Traffic flow was interrupted for several hours.