Hagler petition provides details
By Scott Loftis
More details were available Monday about prosecutorsí efforts to revoke the probation of Neal Scott Hagler, a Berryville man who served a year in the county jail after pleading guilty to negligent homicide in connection with the death of his girlfriend after an alcohol-related accident in 2018.
As part of an 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, 2019, to a year in the county jail, with credit for 181 days already served. Hagler also was sentenced to 15 yearsí 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.
Hagler was released from the Carroll County Detention Center on Oct. 27.
In a petition to revoke Haglerís probation, filed Thursday, Jan. 16, probation officer Eric Richter writes that Hagler violated several conditions of his probation.
According to Richterís petition, Hagler failed to report as scheduled on Jan. 9. Richter writes that he and another probation officer conducted a home visit on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and Hagler was not present at his approved residence. The officers then visited Haglerís fatherís home, the petition says, and found Hagler there with two other people. Hagler told the officers no one else was present, the petition says.
Alcohol was present at the residence, the petition says. Hagler failed to provide a sample for a drug test on Dec. 18, and admitted on Jan. 14 to using marijuana and methamphetamine, the petition says.
Hagler, 21, also said he was no longer working for a local company and had no other employment, according to the petition.
Arnold issued a bench warrant for Haglerís arrest and he was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on Jan. 14.
The charges against Hagler stemmed from a June 22, 2018, accident on Carroll County Road 428.
Haglerís 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.
At his sentencing hearing in April, Hagler acknowledged that he was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.