A 23-year-old Conway man was arrested early Tuesday afternoon after allegedly using a police-type badge to talk his way into a residence near Hendrix College after fleeing the scene of a car crash.
Sergio Douglas of 410 Sixth St., Conway, according to information provided by the Conway Police Department, was involved in a three-vehicle accident at Washington Street and Hairston Avenue in which he attempted to pass a vehicle that was turning into a Hendrix College parking lot and struck this vehicle as well as another in the oncoming lane.
Police arriving on the scene were told that Douglas had fled on foot across the Hendrix campus, and was chased by a man who was involved in or had witnessed the accident, according to CPD public information officer Sharen Carter.
Carter said that Douglas approached a home near the college and knocked on the door, producing a badge of some sort to a female resident who answered and saying something to the effect of being a police officer in need of shelter. This woman didn’t let him in, and Douglas continued to the 1200 block of Markham Street, Carter said, where the same ploy worked with residents there.
A witness was able to point police in the direction of this residence, and Douglas was arrested there without incident.
The badge, Carter said, "was a security police badge from the Department of the Air Force ... which he may have been a member of at one point, but we know that he is not currently entitled to hold such a badge."
Douglas may have ran to avoid arrest for a felony hot check warrant out of Faulkner County and a misdemeanor hot check warrant out of Sherwood, Carter said, and Conway police are now seeking charges of first-degree criminal impersonation, a class-D felony, and leaving the scene of an accident, among other charges relating to hot check and contempt of court violations.
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