Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Rollins reports that he was dispatched to Central Avenue at the Bridge Street Intersection for the call of an injury crash.
Evidence at the scene showed that the Northbound truck failed to negotiate the curve at The Vault Restaurant, hopped the curb onto the sidewalk, mowed down a fancy downtown light pole and at least 1 other sidewalk fixture before coming to final rest possibly into some very large flower pots.
Hot Springs Fire & Rescue Troops arrived and assisted as needed.
LifeNet dispatched at least 1 Ambulance crew to the scene. Medics met with the driver and 2 juvenile passengers that were in the truck at the time of the collision.
Off. Rollins asked the driver, Darla Sue Buchanan, 47, of Highway 84 in Malvern, if she had consumed any alcohol or taken any medication. She said that she had not. Off. Rollins administered the Horizontal Gaze Nastagmus portion of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. He did not believe her to be under the influence or impaired. According to her, she fell asleep while driving.
As LifeNet Medics were evaluating the 2 juveniles, Ms. Buchanan made a gesture with her hands for Off. Rollins to come closer…like she wanted to say something in private. Off. Rollins leaned in to listen and she told the police officer that she had meth in her purse. Off. Rollins informed her of her rights under landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision, to wit, Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), and her right to remain silent. His next move was to get the purse and confiscate the approximate 1.8 grams of suspected meth that were indeed where she said it would be. The purse also contained a Clonazepam pill that was also confiscated.
Ms. Buchanan was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. She is charged with Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Driving On Suspended License, No Proof Of Liability Insurance and Careless And Prohibited Driving with bond set at $3,500.