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Correction: Driver in crash arrested on prior DWI warrant

Posted: June 24, 2014 - 8:32am

An arrest following a fatal crash on Monday was for prior warrants and not on suspicion of driving while intoxicated at the time of the accident, as previously reported.

Bill Saddler of the Arkansas State Police said toxicology reports from Monday’s accident are still to be completed before law enforcement will know whether alcohol was involved in the wreck.

Deborah Montgomery-Bland, 54, of Conway, was arrested on misdemeanor warrants for DWI-2, following too closely and refusal to submit to a test, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

The accident occurred at 2:30 p.m. Monday. Mattie Reynolds, 25, was killed when Montgomery-Bland crossed into her lane and struck the front of her vehicle.

The Arkansas State Police report said Reynolds was eastbound on Highway 64 near Liberty Road when she was struck head-on by Montgomery-Bland, who was driving west on Highway 64. Weather conditions were clear, and the road was dry at the time of the accident, according to the report.

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mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 06/24/14 - 12:19 pm
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Why is it always the innocent

Why is it always the innocent person killed in a alcohol related crash? And how in the hell does she get off with a $2800 bail? Where is the justice? Our Judges and prosecutors are way to easy on crime. Just a game of "Let's Make a Deal".

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alipage72 06/24/14 - 12:47 pm
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Agree

A young person will never get to live her life because of this lady's reckless an irresponsible decision. $2800 is like a slap in the face to her and her family.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 06/24/14 - 01:38 pm
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Yup

Alcohol kills more people than guns, but you never hear a cry for banning it.

It's a sad statement on society

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 06/24/14 - 04:15 pm
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I don't believe that. In

I don't believe that. In either case tho, it was not the alcohol, gun, or car that killed this young lady. It was a person who chose to do wrong. I have a 24 year old myself and this story just hurts me to the core. We have a family grieving for their child, maybe she was a wife and mother as well, in the mean time we have a killer out on $2800 bond enjoying a cold one probably while taking a few oxy's.

Sorry CG, but this is neither the time or place for that argument, besides as pro-gun as we all know I am, we got the point 300 examples ago.

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 06/25/14 - 12:18 pm
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Thank you Mike

Maybe if we have more common sense gun owners like you telling people like CG to shut up, meaning conversations could be had.

Also, when CG says "Alcohol kills more people than guns, but you never hear a cry for banning it"..... I can't even tell if this is serious or just pure troll? Faulkner County? Ever been there?. There are verbal altercations happening outside petition stations. "Decline to sign" garbage propoganda every week.

well....
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well.... 06/25/14 - 01:40 pm
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momofjordash
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momofjordash 06/24/14 - 04:30 pm
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bond amount and other

I agree her bond amount was too low. Not just from the above info, but from the info from the sheriff's office webpage. As this is her SECOND DWI, I am enraged that she is out on bail already. (again per SO's website).

Bland, Deborah
Booking #: 37841027
Release Date: 06-23-2014
Booking Date: 06-23-2014 - 9:06 pm
Charges: FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE
REFUSAL OF BAC
LEFT SCENE OF ACC PROPERTY DAM ONLY
DWI 2ND OFF
Bond: $2,800.00

GM
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GM 06/24/14 - 05:08 pm
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Bonds are not intended for punishment

Their only purpose is to ensure the defendant's presence at his or her trial. If the defendant appears for trial or enters a plea, the bond has accomplished its purpose.

momofjordash
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momofjordash 06/24/14 - 05:50 pm
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bond

but I don't think she needs to be out on bond.
and that low of a bond is not a guarantee of her showing back up. it should be high enough to make sure she shows up or keep her butt in there so she can sober up and think about what she has done this time...as she didn't learn from the FIRST time she was booked for DWI.

momofjordash
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momofjordash 06/24/14 - 05:18 pm
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left scene charge

why did they not charge her with "leaving the scene of an accident with injury" and only charging her with a lesser charge of "leaving the scene of an accident with property damage only"????
That's a crock!!!

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