A 25-year-old Conway man is facing a felony battery charge following a crash on East German Lane Tuesday that left one man hospitalized.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Andrew Landon McKnight was driving a Chevrolet Silverado when he crossed over the center line on East German Lane and struck an 81-year-old man driving a Chevrolet Tracker head-on.
Paramedics took the 81-year-old victim to Conway Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash, and he was later transferred to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
The victim, who was taken to the intensive care unit at UAMS, suffered a torn aorta and all of his ribs were broken in the crash.
Investigators on scene learned McKnight had taken two Hydrocodones two hours before the crash and was involved in a hit-and-run accident just a few minutes prior to crashing into the Chevrolet Tracker.
According to the victim of the hit-and-run incident, McKnight "made no attempts to stop" after side-swiping her vehicle.
"The other party involved in [the hit-and-run] accident reported that Mr. McKnight made no attempts to stop after the accident, and she followed him until she was stuck at a red light,"one officer wrote in his report. "Another witness reported that, after the first accident, but prior to the second accident, he had seen Mr. McKnight swerving on the road so badly that his tires went into the ditch at one point."
McKnight, who also suffered injuries in the crash, was also taken to the hospital Tuesday. Upon his release, he was taken to the county jail on suspicion of second-degree battery, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, reckless driving and criminal mischief.
A search warrant for his blood was issued Tuesday evening prior to his release from the hospital and samples were immediately collected.
Results were still pending at the time the affidavit was filed Wednesday morning.
McKnight is currently set to appear at 9 a.m. March 12 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the aforementioned charges.