Photo of suspect's car after incident. (Courtesy: Brandi Patrick)
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A pregnant woman is under arrest for allegedly driving recklessly with her children in the car, injuring several people on Halloween night.
According to a release provided by Deputy Scott Hinojosa with the Garland County Sheriff's Office, Twila Watson is charged with four counts of second degree battery and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
According to the affidavit, deputies were sent to Quail Ridge Drive Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. regarding a hit and run accident; before they arrived on scene, neighborhood residents called and said the car had returned and they had detained the vehicle at the end of the street.
Once deputies arrived, one noted numerous vehicles damaged due to the driver, who was later identified as Watson, and also several injuries.
Witnesses told deputies the car was speeding and drove onto the dead-end street of Quail Ridge Drive, hit a car and tore up a flower bed. The car then tried to turn onto Covey Rise Trail when Watson allegedly ran over the foot of a woman. This caused the victim to fall underneath the car; the woman was transported to National Park Hospital.
The car continued north when a second victim tried to stop the car by reaching in to set the emergency brake and take the keys, but Watson reportedly did not stop and dragged the victim about 10 feet before he fell off. He was also taken to National Park Hospital.
The car kept going north where a SUV was parked that had a woman and her small child in the back of the car; Watson allegedly hit them head on. They were taken to National Park Hospital for treatment.
According to the affidavit, when deputies talked to Watson, she said she was five months pregnant and complaining of pain. She says she had been in a fight with her boyfriend earlier that day and she tried to leave the area but didn't know her way out. Her two children were in her car the whole time.
Watson was taken to Mercy Hospital. The report states a portable test done at the scene of the incident showed Watson had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .20. Hinojosa said a Driving While Intoxicated charge is pending the results of a secondary BAC test, which was taken via a blood sample at the hospital.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident; conditions of the individuals taken to the hospital are unknown. THV11's Daniel Wilkerson is working to get more information on the case and will provide details as they become available.