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Hot Springs Police Officer Cox was dispatched to a Bank in the 4000 Block of Central Avenue yesterday around 6PM in reference to a welfare check regarding a vehicle parked with a tire on the curb at the ATM and the male driver hanging out of the window and unresponsive. The female passenger was also unresponsive. The infant strapped into the car seat in the back was crying very loudly. The car’s engine was running.
The police report notes that the infant was cold to the touch and it’s face was very red as if it were cold. The amount of time the child spent exposed to the 28º weather (coming in through the open driver’s window) is unknown.
It took some effort (sternum rubbing) to wake the driver. Zachary Robert Nugent, 31, of “unable to provide information” (because he allegedly passed out again later at the jail during the paperwork process..but his arrest and disposition report indicates that he does have a tattoo that says “Lifes Good” emblazoned across his upper back) was allegedly displaying dilated pupils, seemed confused and was not making sense while speaking to 911 responders. He also allegedly had the odor of marijuana emitting from him. Officers allegedly located a baggie on Mr. Nugent labeled “Dime Bags” that contained 2 burnt marijuana roaches. On his key ring, officers allegedly discovered a small, orange container that contained 3 Buprenorphine pills. A Buprenorphine prescription bottle issued to him was allegedly found in his pocket. Off. Cox asked him why he was unresponsive. Mr. Nugent allegedly said that he was tired and fell asleep.
Jessica Anne Dumas, 21, of Dexter Street in Hot Springs, was also allegedly awakened by 911 responders. She also allegedly had dilated pupils, was very confused and unable to tell officers where she was. She reportedly asked officers if they were in Hot Spring County. She allegedly told officers that she accidentally took too many of her prescribed Buprenorphine, but never quantified an amount. She allegedly told officers that she had been “sleep driving” with the infant in the back from the border of Louisiana and had traded out with her husband at the Hot Springs Mall Parking Lot. Both driver and passenger were arrested.
A police computer check of Mr. Nugent revealed a Felony Theft Of Property Arrest Warrant out of Hot Springs and a Contempt Of Court Arrest Warrant out of Washington County. During a search of the vehicle, officers allegedly found a glass smoking pipe with burned residue. The police report says indicates that evidence in the car suggested the pills were possibly being crushed and smoked in this pipe.
Once at the jail, Mr. Nugent allegedly passed out again and was unable to cooperate during the booking process.
The report does not state the relationship between the married couple and the child. The report does not state the disposition of the child following the call. However, independent of the police report, I know that an Arkansas Department of Human Services Representative was ordered to the scene at one point during the investigation.
Mr. Nugent is charged with Felony Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor, Possession Of A Controlled Substance x2, Theft Of Property (Warrant), Contempt Of Court (Warrant) and Public Intoxication with a bond amount totaling $5,000.
Ms. Dumas is charged with Felony Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia and Public Intoxication with a bond amount totaling $4,000.