One person is in custody and another is in the hospital after a hit-and-run wreck Saturday (April 12) in Pocola, Okla., officials said.
Blake Almond, 23, of Barling has been arrested in connection with the incident, according to the Arkansas State Police. He was expected to be booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center in Fort Smith on Saturday.
Almond was driving on U.S. 271 near the Tri-State Speedway in Pocola just before 7 a.m. when his Toyota sport utility vehicle crossed the center line and hit a car head-on, police said. Almond’s SUV then took off, headed toward the Fort Smith area, police said.
A man who witnessed the crash followed Almond’s SUV to Fort Smith, according to police.
In Fort Smith, Almond stopped at the Valero gas station at Brooken Hill Drive and Jenny Lind Road, according to authorities. The witness distracted Almond until authorities arrived and could take him into custody, police said.
Authorities said the victim was taken to a hospital. Her injuries were thought to be non-life-threatening.
Police say another passerby, who happened to be an Arkoma volunteer fire fighter, stopped and called for help and assisted the victim until police arrived.
Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident, police said.
Almond is facing several charges in Oklahoma and Arkansas in connection with the incident, authorities said.
People in the River Valley said they weren’t shocked by the news. They said they would expect anyone in the area would do what those two good Samaritans did.