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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on June 3, 2020 at 11:37PM for VIP Members at the AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group. To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Woodall reports that he was dispatched to a motel on Central Avenue in reference to people sleeping in a vehicle with Texas registration that was parked on the property behind the building.
Off. Woodall arrived and approached the suspicious vehicle. He could see that a male was in the driver’s seat and a female was in the front passenger’s seat; they both were asleep. Just prior to making contact, they woke up. The officers identified themselves and stated why they were there.
As Off. Woodall was taking with the male, he got out of the vehicle. Off. Woodall felt like the male was about to flee on foot..he was not listening and looking around. The man, Seth Kane Hughes, 30, homeless in Hot Springs, fled on foot toward’s the Waffle House. Off. Woodall chased the suspect and caught up to him. As he tried to handcuff Mr. Hughes, he fought and ran again towards Laser Street. Off. Woodall stayed after him and yelled for him to stop before deploying the taser gun on him. The tazer worked and the suspect fell to the ground, but was able to pull the probes out and began fighting again. Off. Woodall gave him several contact zaps as the fight continued. During the fight, Mr. Hughes pushed, shoved and hit the officer in an attempt to get away. Mr. Hughes broke loose again and ran behind the Waffle House. Off. Woodall caught him again, tackled him and held him on the ground until backup officers arrived and assisted with the arrest.
LifeNet dispatched an Ambulance Crew to the scene. They checked out both the officer and the suspect. Off. Woodall was transported by ambulance to the hospital with road rash and 2 large bumps on the head caused during the arrest. He was treated, released and returned to work.
Mr. Hughes was transported to the police department to speak with detectives. He admitted to detectives that he ran and struggled with Off. Woodall. He said he ran because he knew he had an arrest warrant and wanted to get away.
Mr. hughes was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Battery and Fleeing. His Bond was set at $3,000. The arrest warrant for Failure To Comply was also served with a bond of $2,500.