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Man arrested for DWI, several other charges after crash

Justin Coker, 27, Trumann (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Justin Coker, 27, Trumann (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Police arrested a man Saturday night after he drove drunk and tried to run away from an officer.

According to a Jonesboro Police Department incident report, officers responded to a crash on South Caraway Road around 10:45 p.m.

The driver, 27-year-old Justin Blain Coker, had blood coming from his nose and mouth when Officer Nathan Coleman arrived on scene.

Coker said his teeth, which were broken, were hurting and he wanted to go to the hospital.

Officer Coleman asked if he had been drinking because there was a strong odor of alcohol, according to the report.

Coker told police “he had a few.”

He registered a 0.18 blood alcohol level when tested. The legal limit for Arkansas is 0.08.

Officers found out Coker had a suspended license and had already left the scene of a previous accident at The Vault, 2801 Fairpark Blvd., earlier that night.

He was taken to St. Bernards Medical Center, where his blood was tested for alcohol and he got a CT scan and X-rays taken.

While at the hospital, he ignored the officer’s commands and kept yelling and cursing after he was asked to stop.

While Officer Coleman was looking for a bedpan to help him use the bathroom, Coker ran out of the hospital room and down the hall.

Officer Coleman chased him. Just as Coker was about to go through a door with a crash bar, according to the incident report, he looked over his left shoulder and ran into a tile wall.

He was handcuffed and taken back to the room. He reportedly cursed at Officer Coleman and told him that he hopes he and his family dies “from everything from accidents, aids, cancer and many other things.”

He also tried to blame his broken teeth on officers.

Coker was later released from the hospital and taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

He was given a $1,035 cash-only bond for a nonpayment of fines charge.

He is expected to be in court Monday for a probable cause hearing on charges of driving while intoxicated, careless and prohibited driving, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license, no proof of insurance, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct and third-degree escape. 

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