Three people sustained injuries in an accident on Sunday following a pursuit at Oak Street that lasted just under a minute.
A Conway police officer was on patrol in the area of East German Lane and Oak Street around 9:40 p.m. when an ACIC return on a license plate number revealed the car’s registration had been suspended after the owner received DWI charges.
The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the 1981 Ford LTD, turning his lights on behind the vehicle as it continued westbound on Oak Street.
According to the report, the vehicle did not speed up initially and the officer was unsure whether the driver realized he was attempting to initiate a traffic stop, so he momentarily activated his siren to get the driver’s attention.
The vehicle continued on at speeds of 60 mph, running red lights at Elsinger Boulevard and Amity and Museum Roads.
A patrol car blocked the on-ramp at the interstate to prevent the vehicle from accessing the roadway.
The car passed Faulkner Plaza traveling approximately 80 mph.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control at Ingram Street after running a red light, veering around another car and being struck by a northbound 2012 Chrysler 200.
The officer approached the driver of the fleeing vehicle, identified as Nikki Rust, 41, of Greers Ferry, at the scene of the accident and ordered her out of the car. When Rust did not exit the vehicle, the officer reportedly used a flashlight to strike the window and shatter the glass to unlock the door.
The officer then cut off Rust’s seat belt. The officer reportedly noticed a “strong odor of alcohol” coming from the vehicle, as well as from Rust.
The driver of the Chrysler, an 18-year-old male, complained of injury but exited the vehicle. He was transported to Conway Regional Medical Center for treatment.
A 16-year-old female passenger was trapped inside the car and also complained of injuries. She was extracted from the vehicle by first responders and was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock for treatment of a fractured hip.
Rust was taken to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, where she is being treated for a fractured neck that doctors said would require surgery and an “extended” hospital stay.
Police discovered a cold beer in the back seat of Rust’s car, as well as numerous empty beer cans on the front seat and a cold, partially empty beer can on the floor.
Rust is facing charges of fleeing, two counts of aggravated assault, DWI (fourth offense), criminal mischief, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to register, speeding, no proof of insurance, and three counts of running a red light.
Officials say the case is still under investigation and will be sent to a prosecutor for review.