Hagler arrested on alleged violation of his probation

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

By Scott Loftis



A Berryville man who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide and spent a year in the county jail in connection with an alcohol-related vehicle accident that resulted in the death of his girlfriend in 2018 was arrested again earlier this week.

The intake log from the Carroll County Detention Center indicates that Neal Scott Hagler, 21, was booked into the jail on Tuesday, Jan. 14, on a probation violation.

Maj. Jerry Williams, chief deputy for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, said no further details on Hagler’s arrest were available, pending the preparation of revocation paperwork. Those documents will be available after Hagler appears before a judge, Williams said.

Hagler was released from the county jail less than three months ago, on Oct. 27, 2019, after completing the one-year sentence he received as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Hagler pleaded guilty in April 2019 to the negligent homicide charge as well as driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license due to DWI, reckless driving and possession of marijuana. Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge of first-degree battery.

Special Circuit Judge Gary Arnold sentenced Hagler on April 26 to a year in the county jail, with credit for 181 days already served. Hagler also was sentenced to 15 years’ probation on the negligent homicide charge, a year in jail for possession of marijuana and 90 days each for driving on a suspended license and reckless driving. Arnold ordered that the sentences be served concurrently.

The charges against Hagler stemmed from a June 22, 2018, accident on Carroll County Road 428.

Hagler’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Destiny Mock of Eagle Rock, Mo., died two days after the accident at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo.

According to a preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police, Hagler was driving a 2011 Chevrolet westbound on Carroll County Road 428 at 9:50 p.m. when he failed to stop at the intersection of County Road 404 and struck a tree.

A Carroll County Sheriff’s Office affidavit says Hagler initially told deputies at the scene that the truck’s brakes failed. Hagler was arrested after a deputy noticed the odor of intoxicants and he failed a field sobriety test, according to the affidavit.

At his sentencing hearing in April, Hagler acknowledged that he was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.

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