Hagler back in custody

Friday, December 21, 2018

A 19-year-old Berryville man who is facing multiple charges ó including negligent homicide ó in connection with a fatal accident last summer was arrested and booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on Tuesday after he reportedly failed a court-ordered drug test.

Neal Scott Hagler is charged with negligent homicide, driving on a suspended license due to driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence/underage, possession of a controlled substance, purchase or possession by a minor and reckless driving. The charges stem from a June 22 accident that occurred on Carroll County Road 428. A passenger in Haglerís vehicle, 20-year-old Destiny Mock of Eagle Rock, Mo., died in a Springfield, Mo., hospital two days after the accident.

According to court documents, Hagler failed a field sobriety test at the scene of the accident and a portable breath test indicated that Haglerís blood alcohol content was 0.11 percent approximately 40 minutes after the accident. Hagler allegedly admitted to an investigator that he had been drinking before the accident but denied using marijuana although the deputy who interviewed Hagler at the scene detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana and a marijuana cigarette was found in the vehicle, court documents say.

Hagler was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on Aug. 13 after a Harrison bonding company posted his $50,000 bond. As a condition of his release, Hagler was placed on house arrest with an ankle monitor and required to submit to weekly drug tests.

Special Circuit Judge Gary Arnold, who is presiding over Haglerís case after Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson recused himself, on Tuesday ordered that a warrant be issued for Haglerís arrest following a motion filed earlier that day by Chief Deputy Prosecuting Craig Parker.

In Tuesdayís motion, Parker writes that Hagler provided a urine sample on Monday, Dec. 17, that indicated the presence of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Tuesdayís motion was the second in as many days, and the third altogether, filed by Parker seeking Haglerís return to custody.

On Monday ó the same day that Hagler allegedly tested positive for meth and marijuana ó Parker had filed a similar motion asking Arnold to revoke Haglerís released based on a Dec. 7 incident. In that motion, Parker writes that Hagler dropped a container filled with urine at the Carroll County Probation Office and told staff members that he had brought it with him to substitute for his own urine in order to pass a drug screen. According to Parkerís motion Hagler told probation office staff after dropping the container of urine on Dec. 7 that he had recently consumed a beverage that he believed contained alcohol and that he had brought in substitute urine because he was concerned he would test positive for alcohol.

In a probable cause affidavit filed with Mondayís motion, agent Eric Richter of Arkansas Community Corrections writes that Hagler told probation office staff that he had a drink from a blue bottle the previous night, not realizing that it was wine. Richter writes that he instructed Hagler to throw the dropped bottle of urine in the trash, then had him provide a urine sample that came back negative.

After Arnoldís order on Tuesday, Carroll County Circuit Clerk Ramona Wilson issued a bench warrant for Haglerís arrest. He was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday.

Arnoldís order indicated that a hearing will be scheduled on the motion to revoke Haglerís release. As of Thursday morning, no hearing date had been set.

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