A Bigelow woman has been charged with DWI following an accident that injured a Conway Public Schools teacher in December.
According to officials with the city attorney’s office, Melissa Carden, 24, was charged with second-offense DWI, driving on a suspended license for DWI and failure to stop at a redlight.
A warrant is expected to be issued this week.
According to the report, Beverly Bowles, a teacher at Ruth Doyle Intermediate, was eastbound on College Avenue when Carden allegedly ran the red light at Prince Street and collided with Bowles’ vehicle.
Bowles was airlifted to UAMS, while Carden taken via helicopter to Baptist Medical Center following the accident.
Conway Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry said Bowles is "recovering nicely," but has not returned to teaching. Murry said he did not have a specific date for Bowles’ return, but hopes she is able to come back quickly.
Carden was treated and released from the hospital.
The report states that officers found "an open beer can that was approximately three-quarters empty in the center cupholder" of Carden’s vehicle. Several empty beer cans were also found in the vehicle, along with an open bottle of whiskey.
According to the blood test results from the Arkansas Department of Health, Carden had a blood-alcohol level at .09 at the time of the accident.
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