TONTITOWN, Ark. -- A Benton County deputy was arrested on Highway 412 for driving while intoxicated early January 1, according to the Tontitown Police Department.
Robert Gene Crowe was arrested for drunk driving after hitting a truck that was parked unoccupied on the side of the roadway, according to Tontitown Police. Crowe trapped himself inside his own car as a result of the crash.
The responding officer said in a police report that Crowe had to be cut from his vehicle by the Tontitown Fire Department, and was slow to answer questions asked of him at the scene. The officer located an open container inside Crowe's car, according to the report.
After being transported to the hospital, Crowe refused several times to take a portable breath test, according to the report. But the responding officer said that Crowe showed several signs of intoxication, including slurred speech and smelling of alcohol.
He also spoke of the truck involved in the accident as though it had been driving poorly on the road in front of him, causing him to crash, according to the report.
Sgt. Shannon Jenkins of the Benton County Sheriff's Office said January 2 that an internal investigation was being conducted, and Crowe was put on paid administrative leave.
Crowe was released from the Washington County Detention Center January 1 on a $1,440 bond.
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