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U.S. National Park Service Ranger Summerlin observed a silver, eastbound SUV in the area of Highway 70 West near Wacaster Hill and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on it in the area of Marion Anderson Road. Just before this event began, a 911 caller reported to Garland County Sheriff’s Dispatch that a large, silver SUV was driving in a reckless manner on Highway 70 West, Eastbound in the area of Wacaster Hill.
The SUV allegedly made erratic moves in traffic and did not stop. By the time they made it to Adcock Road, the Ranger had turned on his siren and was in pursuit of the SUV. Speed allegedly fluctuated between 30 Mph – 60 Mph until turning into the South Dana Neighborhood. The SUV took several turns in that area and, as another NPS Ranger and Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Tatum were en route, the SUV stopped on Happy Circle.
The driver of the SUV, Thomas Charles Coy, 44, was allegedly uncooperative to the degree that the Ranger advised incoming units he had the driver at gunpoint. Back up units arrived and the situation calmed down enough that the officers felt safe enough to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
The driver did not pass the tests. During the walk and turn portion of the test, Mr. Coy stopped walking forward and began walking backwards without attempting to turn at all. He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for further investigation.
A 13 year old female passenger was allegedly inside the suspect vehicle throughout this entire episode.
Mr. Coy’s charges include: 1st Degree Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor (BOND $2,500), Fleeing (BOND $2,500), Refusal To Submit To Chemical Test ($1,000) and DWI (BOND $1,000).