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DWI Arrest: Injury Crash On Hwy. 7 South – GARLAND COUNTY

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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Arkansas State Police Corporal Steed investigated a 2 vehicle injury crash earlier today on Highway 7 South at the Staybridge Hotel.

Evidence at the scene indicated that 1 of the 2 vehicles may have crossed the centerline and sideswiped the front of an oncoming vehicle.  At least 1 entire wheel assembly was ripped from 1 of the vehicles as a result of this collision.


Melanie Deann Edwards – charged with DWI as a result of this crash

Melanie Deann Edwards, 41 of Hot Springs was arrested at the scene and charged with DWI and Careless & Prohibited Driving during the investigation of this crash.

The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol responded quickly and assisted as needed.

Lake Hamilton Fire & Rescue Troops arrived quickly, took charge of traffic control, assisted with patient care and handled other duties as required.


LifeNet dispatched at least 1 ambulance crew to the scene.  At least 1 person was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Traffic flow was interrupted for approximately 45 minutes.  Southbound traffic backed up to Futrell Marine during this event.