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By Arkansas 911 News Investigative Reporter E’Lyse Golden
Hot Springs Police report that officers responded to Hollywood Avenue on November 5 around 1:00 am in reference to an injury traffic crash.
HSPD Officer Howerton arrived on scene and saw a white Dodge van and a suspect later identified as Alexander Gray, 22, of Matthews Drive in Hot Springs lying face down on the ground with obvious injury and saying that he needed help. Mr. Gray wouldn’t stop crying and cooperate, but he was eventually able to tell officers his name.
Mr. Gray continued to be incoherent and smelled strongly of alcohol. Ofc. Howerton asked Mr. Gray if he had anything to drink and Mr. Gray said that he had five alcoholic beverages. Officers conducted an inventory of the vehicle for the tow log and found a case of beer in-between the front two seats.
LifeNet transported Mr. Gray to the hospital. Mr. Gray was placed in soft restraints due to his aggressiveness towards hospital staff. Ofc. Howerton asked Mr. Gray if he had anything to drink again and he said he had 4 or 5 beers, gin, a part of a martini, and 2 or 3 martinis at a bar downtown. Mr. Gray asked what he was doing at the hospital and Ofc. Howerton told him that he crashed his vehicle. Mr. Gray said that he didn’t remember crashing his van.
A blood sample was obtained at the hospital and sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab. Ofc. Howerton was notified by the Arkansas State Crime Lab on December 31, 2019 that Mr. Gray had a blood alcohol concentration of .249% at the time of his arrest. An arrest warrant was obtained for Mr. Gray.
HSPD Officer Wilson arrested Mr. Gray on January 6 around 6:30 pm near Malvern Avenue, and Mr. Gray was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Mr. Gray is charged with Driving While Intoxicated with a $1,000 bond.