Hagler appears in court, judge officially revokes release

Friday, December 28, 2018

By Scott Loftis


Neal Scott Hagler, the Berryville man who is facing multiple charges ó including negligent homicide ó in connection with a fatal car accident last summer, appeared in court briefly on Wednesday as a judge officially revoked his release on bond.

Hagler, 19, had been arrested and booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on Dec. 18 after he allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana during a court-ordered drug test on Dec. 17.

Special Circuit Judge Gary Arnold, who issued a warrant for Haglerís arrest after the failed drug test, issued an order after Wednesdayís brief hearing confirming the revocation of Haglerís release.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at the Carroll County Eastern District Courthouse in Berryville.

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 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.

Prosecutors filed three motions seeking to have Hagler returned to jail, including one in which they alleged that he dropped a bottle of urine on Dec. 7 that he later admitted he had brought with him because he was afraid he would test positive for alcohol.

Arnold is presiding over the case after Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson recused.

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