JONESBORO, Ark. – A suspected drunk driver crashed into a children’s clinic before fleeing the scene earlier this week in Jonesboro. However, they left some important property behind.
The incident occurred between 8:20 PM and 9:23 PM on October 25 at Apache Drive Children’s Clinic, located at 3203 Methodist Drive in Jonesboro. Police were dispatched in response to a burglary alarm, but it turned out to be much more than a break-in. A silver 2012 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, occupied by two suspects, rammed into the clinic, causing extensive damage to exterior and interior walls, furniture, equipment, pipes, and plumbing. Initial damage estimates exceeded $75,000.
The two suspects apparently fled the scene before authorities arrived. The vehicle, left behind and later towed, is registered in the suspect’s name, potentially aiding the police in identifying those involved. Additionally, two iPhones were discovered on the vehicle’s floorboards, one on the driver’s side and one on the passenger’s side, both of which were collected as evidence by the police.
The police report indicates a charge of possessing an open container containing alcohol in a motor vehicle, suggesting that alcohol containers were found in the vehicle as well.
The suspect or suspects may face felony charges, including second-degree criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident, along with potential misdemeanor charges for reckless driving and open liquor container violations.
Dr. Lowery Beck and his staff expressed their thanks to the community, first responders, and especially their patients. A statement from the clinic assured that the building is secure and stable. The main waiting room and one pod of exam rooms were the most affected, but the rest of the building remains in good shape. The clinic will be seeing patients during this time and continue to be fully operational.