A Conway man was medflighted to UAMS on Saturday after being struck by an intoxicated driver while walking down Roden Mill Road.
According to Faulkner County Sheriff’s Maj. Andy Shock, Allan Shirley, 48, of Conway was walking alongside the road around 7:52 a.m. when he observed a 2001 Toyota pickup truck, driven by Damon Trey Warbritton, 24, of Conway, headed eastbound.
Shock said Shirley attempted to get out of the way of the vehicle, moving into the ditch, but Warbritton swerved towards the ditch, striking Shirley and continuing down the road only to crash into Shirley’s home an estimated 300 feet away.
According to Shock, Warbritton’s blood alcohol content was .15, nearly two times the legal limit.
Damage to the home is estimated at around $15,000.
Warbritton was arrested and transported to Unit 2, where he was charged with DWI and reckless driving. Shock said additional charges are likely pending.
The extent of Shirley’s injuries are unknown, but Shock said he is "expected to make it at this time."
Yesterday on Facebook, Warbritton confirmed via a private event invitation that he was attending a party being held from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Martin Street in Conway in celebration of a friend's 24th birthday.
The event description reads, "Now is the the time to party. The (filtered word) will hit the fan my house in Conway. Also remember to park in the gravel parking lot on Farris so the cops don't get called for something lame like parking violations. There will be some free beer for the taking, but naturally I recommend have your own supply as well, because it's not limitless. With all that said. Let's get (filtered word) and make bad decisions!"
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