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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Hampton reports that he was on patrol on Oak Grove Road October 2, 2020 around 2:30AM when he found a new, black GMC Sierra truck driving left of center down the middle of Oak Grove Road. He hit the blue lights and conducted a traffic stop on the truck in the 300 block of Oak Grove Road.
The suspect did not stop. He slowed to 27 Mph, traveled another 1/4 mile and finally pulled over in the 600 block. GCSO Deputy Tatum arrived quickly to assist. As the deputies approached the suspect vehicle, it took off at a high rate of speed.
The driver struggled to maintain control as the truck fled Westbound. As the truck topped the hill at the Forest Ridge Intersection, the vehicle failed to negotiate the curve and skidded off the pavement and into the front yard of the residence at that location. The suspect vehicle plowed through brush and fencing, slammed into the front porch of the house, ripped the corner off of the house, continued into a metal carport and crashed into the front end of a Dodge Nitro that was parked under that carport. A very nice dog, relaxing in his pen at the time of the crash, is very lucky to still be alive and uninjured. The vehicle came to final rest all akimbo…half on the porch, kitchen wall ripped out, ramen noodles on the hood, Cheetos in the yard and plowed into the carport and Dodge Nitro.
When the suspect vehicle stopped moving, the driver, Alfonzo Lamar Hamilton, 30, of San Leandro, California, jumped from the driver’s seat and into the kitchen. He disappeared into the house. The home owners were in the house at the time of the crash. Deputies Hampton and Tatum entered the house to find the suspect. They quickly located him hiding in the laundry room.
Mr. Hamilton was swaying back and forth, had the odor of intoxicants about his breath when he spoke and appeared to be intoxicated and not injured. He was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
The report says that Mr. Hamilton participated with Standardized Field Sobriety Testing at the booking room, but refused to provide a breath sample.
When asked why he fled, Mr. Hamilton said that he is scared of the police because of some bad experiences in Oakland California. Mr. Hamilton admitted to drinking beer at a local all night establishment.