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Man found passed out arrested for DWI, child endangerment

Nicholas Wade Willyerd (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Nicholas Wade Willyerd (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

Deputies arrested a man on multiple charges after they found him passed out behind the wheel of his car with a child in the passenger seat.

Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Craighead County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a car parked in the middle of County Road 514. Witnesses told dispatch the driver and a young child inside were “unresponsive.”

When Deputy David Bailey arrived, he reportedly found 34-year-old Nicholas Wade Willyerd of Monette sitting in the driver’s seat with a bottle of whiskey between his legs.

An 8-year-old boy was in the passenger’s seat.

After being read and agreeing to his Miranda rights, Willyerd told deputies he had gone to the state line to buy cigarettes and alcohol.

“Among other things, Mr. Willyerd advised he was down on his luck, had been drinking and fell asleep in the van on the roadway,” the initial incident report stated.

When asked if he should have been driving, Willyerd reportedly replied, “No.”

While talking with him, Bailey learned that three younger children were at Willyerd’s home in the 2100-block of County Road 510.

Bailey contacted the Department of Children and Family Services. An agent arrived at the scene and took possession of the child, then traveled to Willyerd’s home and collected the three other children.

Deputy Dustin Norwood took Willyerd to the Craighead County Detention Center where he reportedly refused to take a blood alcohol content (BAC) test.

Willyerd, according to the report, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving on suspended driver’s license, refusal to submit, and third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

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