Hagler in custody, 10 months after warrant

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Neal Hagler

Neal Scott Hagler, the Berryville man who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in connection with a fatal 2018 accident, was taken into custody Monday — more than 10 months after a judge ordered his arrest for allegedly violating his probation.

Hagler, 22, was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center at 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, which listed the arresting agency as the Arkansas Department of Probation and Parole.

No further details regarding the arrest were available.

Hagler’s bond is set at $75,000 and he is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Monday, June 7, in Carroll County Circuit Court in Berryville.

Hagler, 22, was sentenced in April 2019 to one year in the county jail and 15 years’ supervised probation after pleading guilty to the felony negligent homicide and four misdemeanor counts.

Hagler’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Destiny Mock, died in a Springfield, Mo., hospital on June 24, 2018 — two days after the accident that occurred on Carroll County Road 428.

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.

The CCSO affidavit says Mock spoke with first responders at the scene but was trapped inside the truck. Berryville Fire Department personnel cut the vehicle open to free Mock, according to the affidavit, and she gave her name and date of birth to a deputy before being transported to a hospital.

At his sentencing hearing on April 26, 2019, before Special Judge Gary Arnold, Hagler apologized to Mock’s family and admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred.

“I was speeding,” Hagler said. “I had a wreck and caused the death of Destiny Mock. I had marijuana in the vehicle and I had no driver’s license.”

Hagler, who was credited for 181 days served in the Carroll County Detention Center before his sentencing, was released from jail on Oct. 27, 2019. He was arrested less than three months later, on Jan. 14, 2020, and accused of violating the terms of his probation.

In a petition to revoke Hagler’s probation, filed Jan. 16, 2020, probation officer Eric Richter writes that Hagler violated several conditions of his probation.

According to Richter’s petition, Hagler failed to report as scheduled on Jan. 9. 2020. Richter writes that he and another probation officer conducted a home visit five days later, and Hagler was not present at his approved residence.

The officers then visited Hagler’s father’s 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, 2019, and admitted on Jan. 14, 2020, to using marijuana and methamphetamine, the petition says.

Hagler also said he was no longer working for a local company and had no other employment, according to the petition.

Hagler was released from jail on a $10,000 bond on Jan. 26, 2020, court records show. A hearing on the revocation petition, originally scheduled for Feb. 10, was reset three times, most recently for July 24, 2020.

A second petition to revoke Hagler’s probation was filed June 19, 2020. In that petition, Richter writes that Hagler had failed to report or call to check in with the probation office.

“Offender is actively evading supervision,” Richter writes.

In an order filed June 19, 2020, Arnold instructed the circuit clerk to issue a warrant for Hagler’s arrest.

Hagler failed to appear at the July 24, 2020, revocation hearing, prompting Arnold to order that a second warrant be issued.

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