A drunk driver involved in a 2019 three-vehicle crash that seriously injured a passenger in another vehicle was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges in Garland County Circuit Court.
Misty Raquel Wilson, 46, who lists an Ona Circle address in Hot Springs Village, pleaded guilty to one count of assault and battery in the first degree, carrying a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and was sentenced to five years in prison and one count of drinking and driving, first offense, and was sentenced to six months in prison, fined $ 1,500 and $ 440 in legal costs upon his release.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on October 10, 2019, shortly before 4:30 p.m., Hot Springs Police were dispatched to a wreckage in the 2000 block of Park Avenue. Officer 1st Class Tyree Sampson noted that there were three vehicles involved, one of which left the roadway and entered the woods.
He contacted Wilson, the driver of the vehicle, a 2017 Jeep Wrangler determined to be at fault, who told him that another vehicle had crossed the center line in his lane and collided with his vehicle. Sampson noted, however, that Wilson’s vehicle was in the middle of the southbound lane of Park.
While explaining to Wilson all the traffic tickets she was receiving, she became furious and started arguing with him. At this point, Sampson says he noticed a strong smell of intoxicants emanating from him. He asked her if she would provide a breath sample and she agreed, but wanted to have a drink in her car.
Sampson informed Wilson that she could take a breathalyzer or take field sobriety tests and she accepted the latter, submitting to three field tests which she failed. At this point, she was arrested on suspicion of DWI and told Sampson that she wanted to take a breathalyzer test.
She recorded 0.21% blood alcohol level, almost three times the legal limit. Once at jail, Wilson was asked how much alcohol she had consumed and she first declared “a pint of Fireball” but later said it was a liter of Fireball.
Fireball is a cinnamon flavored whiskey that contains 33% alcohol by volume or 86 proofs. At the jail, Wilson provided a second breath sample, which recorded his blood alcohol level at 0.18%, still more than double the legal limit.
The affidavit notes that one of the vehicles struck by Wilson’s vehicle was a red Ford F-150 pickup truck in which a female passenger was injured. She was transported to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs and reportedly suffered two spine fractures and three rib fractures on the left side.
Wilson, who had no criminal history, was also cited for failing to maintain control, driving left of center and driving an unlabeled or expired vehicle and was originally held on $ 6,000 bail. She pleaded not guilty to the charges the next day in Garland County District Court, where her bond was reduced to $ 2,500 and she was released on October 12.
The case went to circuit court on November 4, and Wilson pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on January 7, 2020. The case continued several times and on July 15, 2021, Wilson’s attorney filed a motion for mental assessment. to determine his fitness to proceed, which was granted to him. On September 21, Wilson was declared fit to prosecute and the case went to a decision hearing on Tuesday.