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By E’Lyse Golden, Investigative Reporter
On November 26 around 10:11 pm, Officer West of the Hot Springs Police Department pulled over a Honda Civic after it caused damage to a Lincoln Towncar. The driver of the Honda was driving while intoxicated.
West was northbound on Central Avenue in the outside lane passing the Lincoln that was travelling in the inside lane. The Lincoln changed lanes to the turning lane when West heard a loud noise and saw the Honda continue to drive south on Central Avenue and turn right onto Trivista Right.
West made a U-turn and turned on his flashing lights to make a traffic stop on the Honda. He caught up to the vehicle on Trivista Right at Tailsman where the vehicle came to a stop. West approached the vehicle and saw damage on the front left bumper and front left fender.
The driver, Marcos Lopez, 32, of Hollywood Avenue in Hot Springs, smelled strongly of intoxicants and was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Lopez was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Lopez blew a .23 on the intoximeter around 12:00 am. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, no liability insurance, improper turn at an intersection, no driver’s license or license expired, and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage only.
Lopez was released on a $1,000 bond on November 27.