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Jun 18, 2018

5 Officers Involved in an Accident in the South; Were They under the Influence?

Joseph Myvett

The police department is investigating a collision on Sunday night in Bella Vista Village involving a Wingle pickup truck which was assigned to officers in that jurisdiction.  The vehicle was rear-ended by a motorist who has since been identified as Asuncion Rush.  There were five officers inside the mobile at the time of the accident and reports are that the vehicle was extensively damaged as a result of the impact.  While it is believed that alcohol may have been a factor in the pileup, samples have been taken from both drivers to determine if they were both drinking at the time of the collision.


ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On the sixteenth [of June], sometime around 11:55 p.m., police responded to an accident between mile forty-two and forty-three on the Southern Highway where the officers in the police Wingle which were five officers in total, reported that whilst traveling on the highway, they were collided into from behind by an orange in color Wingle, at the time which was driven by one, Asuncion Rush, and the Wingle which was driven by Rush received extensive damage to its front portion as it had collided into the rear of the police vehicle.”



“Okay, so is Rush a police officer?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“No, I am not able to confirm that.  I will have to check.”



“Okay, so had they been socializing at the Flum Bar in Bella Vista and perhaps some misunderstanding came out of that?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“I have not received such report but the matter is being looked into.”



“Okay, and the driver for the police mobile, was he: authorized to be driving that vehicle and, has the blood alcohol levels of the two drivers been taken?  Because I am told that they had all been drinking at the Flum Bar and then there was a dispute and then the Wingle driver deliberately rear-ended the mobile patrol?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“No, I have not received any such report, however, we are investigating this matter.  I am not able to say as I have not yet been briefed as to whether samples were taken from both drivers, which is standard operating procedure.”

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