HOPE, AR – The driver and passenger gave conflicting reports of what caused a rollover on 32 North Monday that resulted in an injury to the driver but left two small children and the passenger unscathed.
The Arkansas State Police, Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office and Pafford EMS were dispatched at around 4:30 p.m. to the 3300 block of Highway 32 North at Oakhaven Rd.
They arrived on scene to find a Ford Explorer overturned in the ditch on the northbound side of the highway and two women standing on the shoulder with two small children. The children and passenger appeared uninjured but the driver appeared to have sustained an injury to her shoulder.
According to the account of the passenger, Charisma Gamble, the four were on their way from Tyson after dropping the boyfriend of the driver, Santia Glenn, when Glenn started driving fast and recklessly. Gamble said that when she saw the Glenn was losing control of the SUV, she jumped into the back seat to cover the children. She said the toddler, a female, was not in a safety seat at the time.
Glenn spoke to Trooper Henley and Deputy Loe and told them that Gamble grabbed the gear shift and jerked down on it causing the tires to grab and the SUV to go out of control.
Skid marks on the scene showed the SUV’s rear tires began to lock up on the pavement while heading south on 32 North at the intersection with Oakhaven Rd. The skid marks stopped briefly before veering right onto the west shoulder and the veering left back across the highway and into the east ditch where the SUV overturned and came to rest on its roof.
Glenn, who was complaining of a shoulder injury, declined transport by the Pafford crew for herself and her two small children but did get a ride to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope from a passerby.
Gamble was arrested at the scene for a failure to appear warrant out of Hempstead County. She was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center.
Trooper Henley investigated the scene with the assistance of Deputy Loe. The circumstances of the crash are still under investigation at this time.