An allegedly intoxicated 72-year-old woman drove her car into a group of people in the parking lot of her apartment complex Monday evening, injuring five, including a 1-year-old and a woman who were later airlifted to Little Rock, Hot Springs police said.
Louise Young, of 601 Higdon Ferry Road, was taken into custody in the parking lot shortly after 6 p.m. Monday and charged with driving while intoxicated, first offense, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, and cited for no liability insurance, careless and prohibited driving, and no driver's license or license expired.
Young was later released on $1,000 bond and is set to appear May 28 in Garland County District Court.
Additional charges of battery are pending based on the results of a blood test, Hot Springs police said in a news release Tuesday.
According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday, Hot Springs police were dispatched to 601 Higdon Ferry near Building K regarding an injury wreck involving a vehicle hitting multiple pedestrians.
Hot Springs police Officer Tyree Sampson reportedly saw three people on the ground who appeared to be suffering injuries as the result of a collision. One woman, identified as Ruth Harris, 61, had "a lot of blood coming from her back side area," he noted, and it was soon determined there were a total of five victims involved in the incident.
Sampson was told by several witnesses that a woman, later identified as Young, was the driver of a gray 2008 Chrysler Sebring involved in the incident. Sampson made contact with Young and she allegedly admitted to being the driver.
Young stated she had pulled under the carport area and "got confused and pressed the gas instead of the brakes." Young allegedly hit five people with her car, including Harris, a 1-year-old baby, Willie Early, 64, Carl Young, 61, and Bridget Poland, 43, who were all sitting between the apartment complex and the carport.
While speaking to Young, Sampson noted he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants on her person and asked her if she had anything to drink. Young reportedly said, "I had two to three shots of vodka."
Young submitted to field sobriety tests and reportedly failed all three. After attempting the second test, Young allegedly told Sampson, "Take me to jail."
Young was taken to the Garland County Detention Center where deputies attempted to administer a breathalyzer test, but Young was unable to provide a sufficient sample. Throughout the booking process, Young allegedly admitted to colliding into Harris and inquired about her condition.
Harris and the 1-year-old were initially taken to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and then airlifted to a hospital in Little Rock, the affidavit states. The release noted Harris was in critical condition and the 1-year-old was in serious condition.
Local on 05/15/2019
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