BV man arrested after running over pedestrian in Eureka Springs

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

By Kelby Newcomb

CCNNews@cox-internet.com

A Berryville man was arrested on multiple charges after running over a pedestrian in Eureka Springs on Friday, April 26.

Stanley Ray Dubois, 56, of Berryville was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on Saturday, April 27, on charges of driving while intoxicated, implied consent and domestic battery in the first degree.

An incident report submitted by Eureka Springs Police Department officer Allen Mize says he was dispatched to Spring and Pine streets around 9:43 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in reference to a pedestrian being run over by a vehicle. Mize arrived on the scene at approximately 9:44 p.m., the report says, and observed one male subject lying on his back in the middle of the road.

It says Mize noticed four bystanders leaning over the male, who had one visible bleeding cut above his right eye. The male was later identified as Jeffrey Darrell Chapman.

Mize asked Chapman if he was OK and what had happened, the report says. Chapman looked at Mize but did not respond, it says.

One of the bystanders told Mize: “That guy right there ran him over. This guy was in the passenger seat and got out,” it says.

The report says the bystander pointed to Dubois, who was standing in the middle of the road next to Chapman.

Mize approached Dubois and asked what happened, the report says. Mize noticed Dubois was unbalanced and was swaying left and right, the report says. Mize had to grab on to Dubois’ left arm to keep him from falling over, according to the report, and walked Dubois over to his vehicle to speak about the incident.

At this time, the report says ESPD officer James Rusterholz Jr. arrived on the scene. Mize asked Rusterholz to get Chapman’s information and statements from any witnesses, it says.

Mize read Dubois his Miranda warning rights and asked him if he understood, the report says, and Dubois said he did. the report says Mize asked Dubois which vehicle belonged to him, and Dubois pointed to a white 2013 Mercedes-Benz GK3 model, which was parked with the engine running and the driver side door opened. It says Mize noticed Dubois’ vehicle to be directly behind Chapman, who was lying in the middle of the road.

The report says Mize asked Dubois what happened, and Dubois said he and his husband, Chapman, were “out on the town” having dinner and “having drinks.” It says Dubois told Mize that he was driving, and Chapman was in the passenger seat. Dubois said Chapman became upset and got out of the car, the report says, and Dubois said he did not remember what happened after that.

While speaking with Dubois, the report says Mize could smell a strong odor of alcohol “emit off of Stan’s breath.” Mize asked Dubois if he had run over Chapman or hit him with his vehicle.

It says Dubois said “I don’t know what happened to him. I mean it happened fast, and that does not matter.”

Mize asked Dubois once again if he was the driver of the vehicle when the incident occurred, the report says, and Dubois told him “Yes, I was. That is my car, and I was driving it. I just want to go home now.”

Mize explained to Dubois the indication of intoxication he had observed during his initial contact, according to the report, and asked if he would consent to perform voluntary Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST). The report says Dubois state “Yes, officer, that is okay with me.”

Dubois did not complete the SFST satisfactorily and was placed under arrest at approximately 9:51 p.m., it says. Mize transported Dubois to the police station.

Before leaving the scene, Mize spoke with Rusterholz, who was gathering statements from the witnesses. Chapman was transported to the Eureka Springs Hospital, the report says.

At about 10:02 p.m., the report says Mize and Dubois arrived at the Eureka Springs Police Department, and Mize asked Dubois to step out of the patrol car. Dubois stated “No, take me home now,” the report says.

After being told to get out multiple times, Dubois stepped out and got in Mize’s face, the report says, and stated “take me home now.” Mize stepped back to keep distance, according to the report, and Dubois continued to try to get in his face. The report says Mize grabbed onto Dubois’ left arm and left shoulder area and escorted him inside the police department.

Mize then read Dubois his Arkansas Statement of Rights and gave him a copy to follow along, according to the report. Mize then asked Dubois for a breath sample, the report says, and Dubois said he was not going to provide the specimen.

Mize charged Dubois with driving while intoxicated, implied consent and domestic battery in the first degree.

The report says Rusterholz provided Mize with four written statements from witnesses on the scene. It says Rusterholz said he spoke with multiple witnesses, who all stated Dubois intentionally ran over Chapman.

At about 10:50 p.m., Mize went to the hospital to speak with Chapman, the report says. A doctor told Mize that Chapman was currently in scans. The doctor told Mize that Chapman did not remember anything and may have head trauma, the report says.

According to the report submitted by Rusterholz, three witnesses stated that Dubois had pulled forward and stopped, letting Chapman out of the vehicle. According to the witnesses, Chapman proceeded to walk in front of the vehicle, and Dubois gunned the car forward, it says. The report says witnesses said Dubois struck Chapman with the front passenger side of the vehicle, knocking him into the roadway unconscious.

On Saturday, April 27, ESPD officer Francisco Pedraza was advised to take a voluntary statement form to Chapman. According to Pedraza’s submitted report, Chapman advised he did not recall anything that had happened before or during the incident. The report says no voluntary statement form was filled out.

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