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Drunk Driver Allegedly Flees, Gets Tazed, Refuses Breathalyzer; Arrest – HOT SPRINGS

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Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman

All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.

Hot Springs Police Officer Chapin and Officer Gates report the following:

On 08/13/19 at approximately 2134 hours, I, Off. Chapin along with Off. Gates responded to 117 Crocus Street in reference to a hit and run accident. During the dispatch of the call the actor vehicle being a Chevrolet Silverado.  While I was patrolling the area of Albert Pike and North Mission Street I observed a silver truck matching the description cut through the parking lot of Car Mart. The truck turned North on North Mission Street towards Hobson Avenue at a high rate of speed.  I attempted a traffic stop at the intersection of Crocus and North Mission Street.

The driver later identified as Cory Canals refused to stop.

Cory Jonathan Canals, 29, of Westhill Lane in Garland County – alleged DWI, refused to stop, and fled from cops on foot before getting tazed.

Off. Gates had to yell at the victims of the hit and run to get out of the street to avoid getting hit by the fleeing suspect.

Canals, the sole occupant of the vehicle, attempted to jump from the moving truck at the intersection of North Mission Street and Hobson Avenue.  I blocked the door from opening with my patrol car and the suspect started to drive away again.

Canals then attempted to turn East on Crocus again, nearly missing a fire hydrant while running into people’s yards.  The pursuit continued North on Poinsettia, then East on Hobson, then South on Pringle Street.  Once on Pringle Street, the vehicle pulled into the parking lot of Temple Baptist Church where he attempted to flee on foot.  I displayed my taser and fired one cartridge toward Canals.  One probe hit mid stomach area and the other probe hit the belt line.  The taser did a five second discharge.  This caused Canals to fall to the ground and he was taken into custody without further incident.  The pursuit lasted approximately 9 minutes covering approximately two residential city blocks numerous times.  The speeds ranged up to approximately 40 mph.  Canals was then transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.

I, Off. Taylor Gates #117, was present during the vehicle pursuit involving Cory Canals.  After the pursuit ended, I placed him into handcuffs.  During this process I detected a strong odor of intoxicants coming from Canals.  His eyes were also bloodshot and watery, and he had extremely slurred speech.  While inventorying the vehicle for tow, I observed an open container in the console that contained beer.  The container had been partially drank.  I also observed an open bottle of whiskey in the driver’s floor board.  This container was also partially empty.  After being transported to the Garland County Detention Center, Canals agreed to perform the following standardized field sobriety tests.

During the HGN test, Canals had a lack of smooth pursuit in both of his eyes.  Canals also had distinct and sustained nystagmus at maximum deviation in both of his eyes.  Canals had an onset of nystagmus prior to 45 degrees in both eyes, and also displayed vertical nystagmus. Canals followed the stimulus with his head, and also stopped following the stimulus with his eyes at times.  Canals was reinstructed to keep his head still and to follow the stimulus with his eyes.

During the Walk and Turn test, Canals was given the instructions and had the test demonstrated for him.  Canals stated he understood all instructions and was told to start the test.  Canals was unable to remain in the starting position during the instruction phase and kept losing his balance and using his arms for balance.  Canals used his arms for balance throughout the entire test.  He took 12 steps down the line and stopped the test.  Canals did not make a turn, he missed heel-to-toe on all of the 12 steps that he took.

During the One Leg Stand test, Canals was given the instructions and had the test demonstrated for him.  Canals stated he understood all instructions and was told to start the test.  Canals used his arms for balance and swayed through-out the entire test.  Canals also hopped multiple times around the room to avoid putting his foot down.

Canals was read his implied consent rights, but refused to provide a breath sample.  He had two prior convictions for DWI in the past five years.  One on 03/19/15 and the other on 03/19/19.  He was charged with DWI #3, Refusal To Submit, Fleeing, and other traffic related charges. He has a bond amount totaling $3,000.

Conviction dates as follows, 03/19/15 Glenwood District court, 03/19/19 Murfreesboro District court.