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From Conway Police Department reports

 

Hair care lane scare

It was 1:20 a. m., the early hours of Sunday, Nov. 12, and an officer was on patrol. Just another night. He was driving down Dave Ward Drive in a marked patrol car and he, in the Conway tradition, just made it through a roundabout on his way in the direction of Interstate 40. Then it got interesting.

The officer noted a car coming in the opposite direction, its lights brighter than usual. In a moment the officer realized why: The car was going in the opposite direction he was on the highway, granted, but was doing so in the same lane as the officer. The car was, in other words, in the wrong lane, driving against traffic. The officer swerved and missed the car, then did a quick U-turn, blue lights now set to “on,” and got behind the car.

The officer followed, hoping the blue lights would alert other drivers, with the further hope it would cause the car to pull over. It did not, the car kept going. The officer bumped the siren a couple times and the car, a 2009 Mazda 3, pulled over. Obviously, the officer walked up to the car to speak with its driver.

The report here does not describe the driver, it does not describe the interior of the car, nor the chill Fall air, the confusion of a car pulled over while facing oncoming traffic, none of that. No, the officer’s report here points out the “immediate, overwhelming odor of intoxicants coming from within the vehicle.”

The driver was a small woman “with dyed blonde hair,” the report stated, adding that her pupils were very small even before the officer’s flashlight shined on them.

The officer asked who she was doing. She replied she was doing well, and asked the officer how he was doing. “The odor of intoxicants intensified as we spoke,” the officer reported, adding that her speech was slurred and her eyes were bloodshot and watery.

The officer reported replying that he would be doing a lot better if he had not almost been in a head-on collision. The woman replied with a combination of disbelief and confusion. When asked where she was coming from she could only state “back there.”

As the woman, 25, to the officer’s request, got her paperwork out he asked her how much she had to drink. “Not that much,” she replied. The officer, continuing with the theme, told her she had enough to not be aware she was going the wrong way on the highway. The woman still hadn’t gotten her paperwork out and the officer, in light of the car being on the wrong side of the road in a high-traffic area, had her swing her car around while he followed closely, until both were facing in the correct direction. Then he had her get out and step to the sidewalk.

As she did so she had to use the door to pull herself out, then use it to steady herself as she stood next to the car. As she stood up the officer noticed she was disheveled, with her pants button crooked and partially undone. The strong odor of intoxicants followed the woman from the car, the officer reported.

As the officer began the preparation for the field sobriety test, the woman asked the officer his wife’s name, which the officer extended. She does his wife’s hair, the woman told the officer.

“I told her I would let my wife know that she almost hit me head on,” the officer reported responding.

The reader can image how the walk-turn-balance test went (Hint: not well). The woman more-or-less wandered during the walking tests and balance simply wasn’t happening.

She was handcuffed and put in the patrol car (she almost hit earlier). The woman’s car was impounded. Police called her boyfriend, as a large dog was in the back of the car. The boyfriend arrived and picked up the dog.

At the station, for the official breath test, the woman was uncooperative and maintained a disgusted look as her rights were read to her. She refused to sign the form, telling the officer she had to “think about it.” An effort was made to get a search warrant which would allow a blood test, but the officer was not able to reach a judge.

The woman was loaded up again for the ride to jail.

She was charged with DUI, first offense, reckless driving, driving left of center and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Van card no

A man called police Monday, Nov. 6, about a theft.

The man represented a church in Hector, Ark. which had one of its vans broken into. An officer took the report.

The van that was broken into, the man said, had several credit card within, which were taken. The cards were used in Conway at the local Walmart, one for a $309 purchase and one for a $21 purchase.

He was given a copy of the report.

 

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