From Conway Police Department reports

Mustang sally

Just after 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, when police were called about a traffic accident on Museum and Oak. The reporting officer arrived and found two cars there, a Mustang, which had pulled over to the side, and a silver car, which was parked where it was hit, and needing a tow truck before it moved again.

Of course the officer checked on the drivers, making sure both (they were the only ones in each car) were okay and didn’t need an ambulance, that sort of thing. They were fine.

"Fine" being somewhat subjective here, as the Mustang driver was standing by the car, the "odor of intoxicants" radiating from his presence. He, the officer noted further, stumbled when it came time for him to walk, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. A second officer arrived and the reporting officer asked him to run the accident side of the report situation so he could concentrate on the possible DUI thing. Lines thus drawn, and DUI investigation ensued.

The officer had the Mustang driver, 45, get in front of his patrol car so this would all be on camera. He read the man his Miranda rights and the driver, after some hesitation, agreed to answer questions. He had not been drinking, he said. Then, asking if there was a lack of drink why was there the presence of intoxicant odor, he admitted to having had two drinks three hours earlier.

Would he do a field sobriety test? No, was his reply. If he didn’t do a field sobriety test he would be arrested for DWI, he was told. With that stated, the man agreed to the field sobriety test.

The first of the test cycle, just went all sorts of poorly, with the man at one point tilting his head back, disregarding instructions. The walk-and-turn had stumbles beginning with the third step, and the one leg balance was a very short test, balancing being as difficult as it was.

So yeah, handcuffs. He was taken downtown for the breath test. Initially the man refused to take it, but then doubled back and said he would, telling the officer "there is no need to be a tough guy." The man blew a 0.236 BAC.

(Readers are reminded, especially in light of the holiday season and the related festivities, that it takes roughly one hour for one ounce of alcohol to dissipate from your system. Drinking, say, coffee, will not change this dissipation rate. Time not consuming alcohol is the only thing which will allow alcohol, and its effect, to dissipate from one’s system. Further reminder that besides driving, alcohol can make that conversation with the boss about process improvements risky. It can also cause you to wake up in the hold of a dilapidated ship making its way to Asia - the drum-beat "thrum" of the engine making your headache worse. Merry Christmas from Police Beat!)

Free-range children

Just shy of noon, 11:45 a.m. to be precise, when an officer was called over to South Boulevard to - as they say in report-speak - "check on the welfare." It was Dec. 14, a Thursday.

The officer arrived and was met there by a woman, a DHS employee, standing in the street. With her were three children, a 1 year old and two 2 year olds. She had seen the children in the street, she told the officer, and had gotten out with them and called police, waiting until police arrived.

The door to a nearby home was open. Two of the children, the older ones, walked inside the home and the officer followed them in. Inside the home he met a woman, giving her name in the report. The woman told the officer she ran an in-home daycare and had just finished changing a diaper on another child when the officer got there. She went outside and got the 1 year old from the DHS woman, then came back inside.

She told the officer the children in her care "never go near the front door" and she would take steps to make sure such an act would not take place in the future.

The officer got the woman’s information, and the information for the children. He contacted the parents, telling them what happened, and called the Child Abuse Hotline to file a report, which turned the matter over to Faulkner County DHS.