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Barry R. Strickland, 31, 2845 Wineberry in Conway, was named as the motorist police say struck Conway Police Officer William McGary Thursday as he was directing traffic around an accident at Dave Ward Drive.

According to a court affidavit, Strickland was traveling west on Dave Ward Drive, approaching Exchange Avenue, when he failed to yield to McGary. The document states McGary was blocking westbound traffic with his lighted patrol unit.

The affidavit states Strickland failed to observe McGary, and his Jeep Wrangler collided with the officer and pinned him between the right rear of his patrol unit and Strickland's vehicle.

In the probable cause section of the document, it states Strickland was showing signs of impairment and was given a drug evaluation, which he failed.

Strickland waived his rights and told officers he had driven off the roadway, across the rumple strip and into the grass at least two times prior to colliding with the officer.

Pending charges are for felony first degree battery, DWI and other traffic offenses. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.

Following a Little Rock press conference Friday, a Conway Police Department release stated, "McGary is stable right now but very serious."

"On behalf of the Conway police department we wish to express our appreciation for the Baptist medical center staff and all the police agencies, Conway Police Department Chaplains and citizens of Conway for their support.
We ask that you keep the family and the police department in your prayers as we go through this most difficult time," said CPD Chief AJ Gary.



A Conway police officer was struck by a vehicle at Dave Ward Drive and Exchange on Thursday night. He was struck while directing traffic around an accident.

William Michael McGary was air-lifted to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. He was directing traffic on Dave Ward Drive from an earlier accident when a vehicle struck him and pinned him against another vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle who struck McGary was arrested and taken into custody. According to LaTresha Woodruff of the Conway Police Department, information about the suspect and the charges will be released when they become available.

McGary is currently in the surgical intensive care unit, but no more information about his condition was provided by hospital officials.

"Officer McGary is well liked by his co-workers and has been a wonderful addition to CPD," Woodruff said. "We would like to thank everyone for their support, from the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office to Little Rock Police Department, other area agencies and to the public. Please keep the family and our department in your thoughts and prayers."