Police arrested a Fayetteville woman they say tried to leave the scene of an injury car crash after attending Saturday’s Arkansas football game.
Paige Sluyter, 22, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, careless driving and felony leaving the scene of an accident. She was released Sunday from the Washington County Detention Center on $3,410 bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.
Sluyter’s lawyer, Adrienne Woods of the Asa Hutchinson Law Group in Rogers, disputed several details of the incident as reported by police.
Officers said Sluyter ran her car into the back of a vehicle near the Arby’s on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, then tried to walk away from the accident along with four passengers. An officer responding to the wreck had to run after Sluyter and the passengers to catch them, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Sluyter originally told police a different woman was driving her car because the group had been drinking at the football game, the report states. She later admitted to driving the car and said she and the passengers fled the scene because they had been drinking alcohol, according to the report.
Fayetteville police arrested Sluyter at the scene. She registered a .088 blood-alcohol level after performing a breathalyzer test, the report states.
Woods told 5NEWS her client did not leave the scene of the accident and was not fleeing. Woods also said breathalyzer tests taken later showed Sluyter under the legal limit.
Two people were transported to Washington Regional Medical Center with back and neck pain, although the injuries did not seem major, the preliminary arrest report states.