Suspect Hospitalized After Rolling Out Of Police Vehicle

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BENTON COUNTY (KFSM)– Siloam Springs Police said a suspect had to be hospitalized after he was somehow able to open the door of a police car as it was moving, and roll out onto the roadway near Gentry.

Officers with the Siloam Springs Police Department said the incident occurred around 8 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 24) night, after they initiated a traffic stop which resulted in the arrest of a driver on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. While transporting the suspect to the Benton County jail, officers said the handcuffed suspect was able to open the rear door of the police car.

The incident occurred on State Highway 59 near the Gentry city limits, according to police. The officer who was transporting the suspect tended to him until emergency medical personnel arrived to the scene.

The suspect had to be taken to Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, transferred to Washington Regional Hospital, and later transferred to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO due to the severity of his injuries, according to police.

Officers said while investigating the suspect, information was revealed that the driver may not have given his true identity at the time of arrest.

The investigation is ongoing, according to officers.

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