CONWAY, AR – A suspected DWI driver hit another car while fleeing from the police in Conway Sunday night. According to the report, the suspect broke her neck and the passenger in the other car broke her hip in the accident.
Police say Nikki Rust, 41 of Greers Ferry, was driving west along Oak Street when police tried to pull her over. According to the report, Rust sped away from the police along Oak Street, not stopping for red lights. The report estimates Rust was driving 80mph hour during the chase.
Shortly after the chase started, Rust ran through a red light on Ingram, hitting a Chrysler traveling northbound, according to the report. The woman in the passenger seat of the Chrysler, 16-year-old Alexis McKnight, had to be cut out of the car. Police say she was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital with a fractured hip. The driver, Garan Davis, was taken to Conway Regional Medical Center.
Rust suffered a broken neck and was taken to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. The police report says Rust’s truck had cold beer in the back seat, several empty beer cans on the front seat, and a partially empty cold beer can on the floor.
When Rust recovers from her neck surgery, police say she will be charged with fleeing in a motor vehicle, 2 counts of aggravated assault, DWI (depending on the blood results), criminal mischief, driving on a suspended for DWI, reckless driving, driving without proper registration, speeding, no liability insurance, and 3 counts of running red lights.
Police say the chase lasted for 47 seconds. The report officer says he was about to terminate the chase when Rust got into the accident.