A Hensley man, who suffered a neck fracture in a rollover accident early Wednesday morning, was charged with third-degree assault, in addition to driving while intoxicated and other charges, after he became combative with officers.
Police arrived at the one-vehicle accident on Hogan Lane around 1:05 a.m., and found Ernest Rolando Gonzales, 29, walking away from the scene.
The accident report states Gonzales was bleeding, had an odor of intoxicants and was complaining of back pain.
Gonzales admitted to driving the vehicle but told police he did not know what caused the accident. Officers noted the man’s slurred speech and “glassy, bloodshot and watery” eyes in the incident report.
After officers noticed the vehicle appeared to have rolled over during the accident, police asked Gonzales if he wanted medical treatment, which he declined.
The accident report’s diagram shows Gonzales was southbound on Hogan Lane, in a 1998 Ford Explorer, when his vehicle left the roadway to the right. The diagram then shows that Gonzales overcorrected to the left, which caused the vehicle to flip in the middle of the road before it came to rest, facing north, near the entrance of Famliy Life Bible Church.
Police noted marks showed where Gonzales lost control of the vehicle, and paint on the roadway showed where his vehicle flipped, at least once.
After failing a field sobriety test, Gonzales, who admitted to consuming “several alcoholic drinks” while at The Draft and Bear’s Den Pizza, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. MEMS was dispatched to the scene to provide medical treatment.
MEMS transported Gonzales to the Conway Regional Medical Center emergency room where he was read his rights and submitted to a blood test. Gonzales also asked for a second test at his own expense, the police report states.
Police say Gonzales admitted to not wearing his seat belt, and began to yell and curse at officers while receiving treatment. The emergency room doctor advised police that Gonzales had suffered a neck fracture, which appeared to be a stable fracture, and would be transported to St. Vincent’s Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock.
Gonzales was issued a citation for driving while intoxicated, careless and prohibited driving and no seat belt. Police said Gonzales signed the citation and promised to be at his court date in December.
As officers began to leave, hospital staff waved for police assistance at the ambulance Gonzales had been placed in.
Police said Gonzales began yelling and cursing at MEMS staff, and asking for pain medication. Officers noted Gonzales had removed tape from his head, which secured it to a spine board. Gonzales had also unbuckled the chest strap of the spine board, the police report states.
After failing to comply with paramedics’ requests, police entered the ambulance to subdue Gonzales.
Gonzales told one of the officers “not to look at him with those crazy eyes and that he would ‘f--- me up,’” the police report states.
Gonzales proceeded to hit the officer in his groin, and attempted to hit the officer again. The officer then drew his taser and deployed the probes into Gonzales’ chest, the police report states.
No bleeding was caused from the taser probes, police said.
After being subdued, Gonzales was transported to Little Rock, and charged with third-degree assault in addition to his previous charges.
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