Union County Sheriff’s deputies were flummoxed when they encountered more than 40 four-wheelers speeding in a group before one wrecked and threw two passengers off in the area of Lawson and Nick Springs roads early Sunday morning.
Fearing an accident, deputies did not give chase, but advised one another to move their units out of the road as the four-wheelers “flew across Lawson Road traveling down Nick Springs Road,” according to one report.
Two reports estimated more than 40 four-wheelers traveling in the group. Another report advised between 50 and 60 four-wheelers were traveling upward of 50 m.p.h. on Nick Springs Road.
A deputy advised his lieutenant that he’d followed one four-wheeler — the slowest traveling at approximately 35 m.p.h. — to the 3500 block of Nick Springs Road where each of the four-wheelers reportedly scattered.
The lieutenant, in the process of responding to the area, was nearly involved in an accident himself as several more four-wheelers “flew by,” causing him to swerve to avoid an accident, according to the report.
“I advised [the deputy] to stay where he was because they were heading right to his location,” according to the report. “I also advised [the deputy] not to block the roadway with his unit and to be sure and leave an avenue of escape for the subjects due to the fact that they were traveling at a high rate of speed and would either run into him or go around him.”
While responding to the deputy’s location, the lieutenant discovered one four-wheeler wrecked and a 22-year-old man and 17-year-old female injured and unconscious on the ground where they’d been thrown. Upon regaining consciousness, the man advised that he was riding as the passenger and his four-wheeler did not have brakes and was unable to stop when it hit a four-wheeler driven by a 20-year-old man.
ProMed Ambulance was called to the scene but both refused transport to the Medical Center of South Arkansas. The 22-year-old man complained of shoulder pain. The 17-year-old girl was later transported by her grandfather to the emergency room where she was treated and released without any broken bones.
Four four-wheelers were towed, three citations issued to drivers operating ATVs on public property and two were arrested for driving while intoxicated — the 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old who returned to help after spotting the collision, according to the report.