February 27, 2012
Police say that a 35-year-old man from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, has been charged in connection with a multiple-vehicle crash that injured several motorists. Reports from FOX 16 News indicate that the accident occurred at approximately 5:47 Saturday morning along I-530, just south of the Dixon Road exit.
According to police, the man was allegedly driving drunk when he rear-ended another vehicle while headed northbound on the highway, causing it to flip.
The first accident forced a motorist that was behind the two vehicles to veer across the center median of the highway, hitting a southbound vehicle head-on. Five other vehicles also crashed while trying to avoid the collision.
The driver of the flipped vehicle was trapped in the car after it landed on its hood. Rescue crews had to cut the victim free of the wreckage and then airlift the motorist to a nearby hospital where the victim is now listed in critical condition. Several other motorists suffered minor injuries as a result of the crashes.
The alleged drunk driver is being charged with three counts of aggravated assault, two counts of terroristic threatening, one count of driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to a chemical test, driving with a suspended license, careless driving, and failure to stay in the lane.