40 speeding four-wheelers flummox UCSO

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 β€” the slowest traveling at approximately 35 m.p.h. β€” 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 β€” the 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old who returned to help after spotting the collision, according to the report.

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13 Responses to 40 speeding four-wheelers flummox UCSO

  1. jim lemon says:


  2. J. Randal Harvey says:

    WHY is it so hard for some to obey the laws?

  3. Admin says:

    Google, Jim. It’s not hard.

  4. Diana Rowland says:

    they need to be put in jail for not obeying the law that is everybody that was on all the 4 wheelers they need to be arrested.

  5. Timothy says:

    hy are you treating your readers like they are stupid? Google, Jim. It’s not hard. That was uncalled for!!!!!!!! These people are the one that helps pay your salery….. Customer service and respect is gone in Eldo…

  6. YouWish says:

    First thing it pisses me off to even read this because half of everything “The reporter” said was a lie..Saying that the cops held back and didnt chase any 4wheelers is the biggest lie ever because i actually saw one cop like 5 or 10 feet behind a 4Wheeler acting like he was trying to run them off the road..and as soon as they hit the gravel i didnt see any lights so there for the reason why the 4Wheelers even wrecked was because the cops WERE following way to close and caused the wreck..This whole story has got to be the biggest lie i have ever heard and if its a law for 4wheelers not to be on the road then it should be a law for “these news reporters” lieing and making the cops look like the good guys when really this time they were the reason why there were wrecks..seriously why are the cops so worried about people riding 4wheelers and trying to have a good time then they need to be worrying about crackheads,drug dealers,murders,rapeist and more!

  7. Admin says:

    Jim is a photographer at the News-Times. I wasn’t treating him like he was stupid, I was making a comment on an inside joke.

  8. Admin says:

    YouWish, none of the story was fabricated by the reporter. Everything reported was according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office report which is the reporter’s official source of information. If you have a problem with what was written in the report I would suggest you call the sheriff’s office to make a complaint.

  9. Tina Lane says:

    These individuals were on “off road” vehicles. You Wish, for clarification, this means for riding OFF THE ROAD. Nothing wrong with having fun in the wee hours, as long as it’s off the road and in an non-residential area. I live on Pinetree road in Lawson, and was awakened in the middle of the night by this group passing through. The noise of that many four-wheelers, along with the whooping and hollering of the riders, disturbed my peace, to say the least.

  10. Earl Pitts American ( Pitts up) says:

    First off there’s not one single person in union county tha hasent rode there 4 wheeler on the road at some point in time, or broke the speed limit in there vehicle that’s the samething breaking the law is breaking the law. Seems to me this story was made to make the law enforcement look good on this story. I have rode 4wheelers with union county Sherriffs on rides before, so everyone has done this before.

  11. Admin says:

    This story wasn’t written with any intention other than interest. Forty four-wheelers riding in one place at one time is extreme. The fact that the deputies allegedly didn’t give chase to avoid causing an accident was information provided by the report. Nothing more, nothing less.

  12. Jessica says:

    This is more than just having fun on a four wheeler or riding a four wheeler on the road. Could you imagine the noise that that many four wheelers would make in the middle of the night? I would have been highly ticked off if this would have happened in my neighborhood. For the ones that think these people are being wronged by the police, do you think it is ok to be wreckless, drunk, and endangering themselves and others because it has been done before? If this was just a matter of riding a four wheeler on the road, all that would have happened is the cop/s would have just informed them to get off the road and no big deal would have been made.

  13. J. Randal Harvey says:

    “…so there for the reason why the 4Wheelers even wrecked was because the cops WERE following way to close and caused the wreck..”

    Sounds like You Wish was one of the law breakers. But, to say it was the Deputies fault for the wreck… Come on now.

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