The very first opening minutes of Sunday morning, Nov. 5 at 11 minutes after midnight when police got the call. A Hendrix Public Safety officer was at the Kum & Go on Old Morrilton Highway with a man and a pickup truck. The reporting officer responded.
There he met the Hendrix officer, nearby a small pickup and a man sitting on the bumper. He had followed the truck there from the campus, the Hendrix officer explained, where it had been driving on the sidewalks. The man seated on the bumper was the passenger in the truck when this took place, the woman who had been driving it was seen getting out and going in the store.
A clerk in the store told police a woman matching the driver’s description came in the store, then ran out the back door toward an area business. She was shortly located and turned over to a DUI officer for testing.
The man sitting on the bumper, the passenger, was quoted telling the officer that “they ‘got turned around on Hendrix campus and may have scraped a rock wall.’” He called his brother to come get him and the truck.
The remainder of the report was the DUI officer’s investigation. By the time he arrived the woman, 36, was back at the truck, sitting on its bumper. A field sobriety test was not in order, he reported, because the woman had an “incapacitating contusion” on her forehead, right side. An ambulance was called to take the woman to the hospital.
The officer then re-joined the woman at the hospital, blood draw kits in hand. After medical staff were clear of the woman the officer interviewed her, noting her bloodshot eyes and confused disposition. She’d had four or five beers, she told the officer, and the officer said that didn’t sound right, acting as she was. With the woman’s agreement, blood was drawn.
She hadn’t been to any bars, the woman said, having spent the evening at a friend’s house. The officer asked her if she remembered being at Hendrix and how she got the knot on her head, and at this point the woman, he reported, became defensive. And here a Sergeant entered the room and said the woman had just come from Kings, a local bar.
The conversation continued and the woman admitted to having taken “3 oxys” in the course of the evening, and that she was not under a doctor’s care. The discussed her children, one 16 year old and one “a very special person,” the woman said. All this went on while medical staff reviewed the results of the woman’s CT scan. The officer noted the woman tended to ramble, and would get confused in her answers. The woman would, if the officer turned his back, wander out of the room and around the ER.
In time the woman’s CT scan came back clear and she was taken to jail, charged with DWI first offense. A drug recognition expert said the woman was under the influence of both alcohol and some sort of “narcotic analgesic.”
The Fire Marshall called police to a suspicious house fire Friday night, Nov. 3 at 8:43 p.m. The fire was, the responding officer was told, “suspected arson.” The officer arrived and spoke with the fire marshal, who said whoever started the fire they just put out on the Joyner Drive home used some type of accelerant.
The officer spoke with the woman of the home. She said she was in the kitchen cooking when her sister came in, telling her the gate was on fire. She looked, she said, and her gate and part of the roof that led to her attic were on fire. The fire department was called, and she tried to put the fire out with a water hose before the fire department got there, she said.
The officer asked her who might do such a thing and she told of a man and woman who, due to hard times, she allowed to move in with her for awhile. This lasted a week when she heard the man of the couple was involved in some breaking and entering and she kicked him out.
He did not, she told the officer, take being kicked out well.
The woman remained with her in the home, she said. The man had friended her on Facebook, she said, but right after the fire he blocked her.
Later the same man called to speak with the woman staying in the home. The woman put the man on speakerphone, who was apparently unaware a police officer was listening. He told the woman he didn’t start the fire. “I don’t start fires, I shoot,” the man was overheard saying, adding “If you would have found bullet holes in your house, I probably would have done it.”
The officer was unable to get the number of the phone the man called from. The man was unemployed, and nobody at the house was sure where he was living.
The officer took pictures of the damage and gave the woman a contact card with the report number on it. He recommended the woman install a security system at her home.