A Conway man is being held in the county jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond after reportedly pointing a gun at motorists along Interstate 40 on Saturday and later pointing the firearm at Conway officers when they attempted to question him about the incident.
Arkansas State Police trooper Kenya Campbell reached out to Conway Police Department Sgt. Dan Worley shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday regarding a road rage incident after receiving several complaints that Darell Gerard Wallace was pointing a firearm at people driving along I-40 near Mayflower.
Authorities received three separate calls regarding the incident, according to the felony probable cause affidavit filed against 46-year-old Wallace.
“All of them stated that [the] motorist [in question] was a black male in a black Nissan Altima brandishing a firearm, described as a black handgun, at other motorists,” the affidavit reads in part. “One [witness] even described the black male as manipulating the slide on the handgun in a manner to chamber a round into the barrel and charge the firearm.”
Trooper Campbell requested Worley accompany her as she went to the suspect’s home to question him about the allegations, adding that she pinpointed him as the suspect by tracking the vehicle’s registration information.
As the two knocked on the Rachel Drive resident’s door, he refused to answer the door if the officers did not have a warrant. After telling the two officers he wanted them to come back with a warrant, the affidavit states he proceeded to ask the two to show him their driver’s license, proof of insurance and registration information.
Eventually, the 46-year-old opened his front door, making comments while talking to a family member on the phone about how he did not trust the officers and did not want to get the in trouble for “violating his rights.”
At one point, Wallace reached above the door and “placed his cell phone out of sight” and asked the officers if they wanted him “to get it.”
Conway officer Kelton Smith soon arrived on scene to aid as back up in the investigation. At first, Wallace “was upset at [Smith’s] presence, but then only wanted to speak to him. He kept telling Trooper Campbell that he would speak with Officer Smith and only him.” Wallace also said he refused to talk with anyone who was a woman or Caucasian, according to the affidavit.
At this point, the affidavit states Campbell walked away from the front door of the Rachel Drive residence to reach out to her supervisor regarding the incident. Worley and Smith also backed away before they realized Wallace had grabbed something that was located “towards the top of his door” where officers last saw him put his phone.
“He was trying to say something to us, but we were too far away and could not hear him through the glass storm door,” Worley noted in his report. “when the male lowered his right hand, I noticed something larger than his phone in his hand. As I looked closer, I noticed he had a black, semi-automatic handgun and a Bud Light in his hand.”
Wallace was ordered to put the gun down but he refused and instead “began to pull the muzzle of the handgun” and pointed it toward Worley and Smith, according to the affidavit.
The 46-year-old soon retreated into his home and other officers were called to the scene and the roadway was blocked off as the standoff ensued.
Eventually, CPD’s crisis negotiator Ivan Cortes was able to coax Wallace out of the residence. Once in custody, Wallace was “cooperative and became apologetic.”
After he was arrested, Wallace told officers on scene where he put the handgun inside the home and said there were also other guns they could collect. According to the affidavit, police collected a .410 pistol, a 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle from Wallace’s residence.
After he was moved into one of the officer’s patrol vehicles, the affidavit states Wallace claimed he was dehydrated and needed medical assistance. However, once paramedics arrived on scene, he said they were too “fat” and that he wanted different paramedics to assess him, according to the affidavit.
When he continued refusing to allow the paramedics to assess him, officers opted to take him straight to the jail. As he was booked into the Faulkner County Detention Center, authorities also requested he be evaluated at Counseling Associates prior to his release.
During a first appearance hearing held Monday afternoon, District Judge David L. Reynolds ordered Wallace to remain behind bars in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
Wallace, who faces two counts of aggravated assault, is scheduled to appear next Aug. 26 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against him.
Staff writer Marisa Hicks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.