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North Little Rock police officer runs traffic light; hits Sherwood couple on motorcycle

The North Little Rock Police Department is investigating the Sunday afternoon accident where one of its patrolmen struck a Sherwood couple riding a motorcycle.

According to a police report filed by the North Little Rock Police Department, Wade Arnold was riding his 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle on North Hills Boulevard at the McCain Boulevard intersection. The other vehicle was a police cruiser, a 2010 Crown Victoria, driven by Officer Phillip Evans.

The motorcycle was traveling northbound in the inside lane of North Hills approaching the McCain intersection while the police cruiser was headed eastbound on McCain in the inside lane traveling toward North Hills.

The police report indicates that Arnold’s intersection proceeded into the North Hills and McCain intersection with a green light while Evans’ police cruiser failed to stop at a red light, entering into the intersection and causing his front bumper to strike the left side of the motorcycle.

“V1 driver (Mr. Arnold) was knocked unconscious and unable to give a statement concerning the accident,” states the police report.

Evans told his fellow officers, “It’s my fault. I ran the red light,” according to the police report.

Police reported five witnesses were located on the scene of the accident.

John Bulmanski of Sherwood said the light was green for Arnold, and John Savory of North Little Rock said Evans ran the red light. Both witnessed the accident.

The other witnesses all said Arnold had the green light and Evans ran the stop light, according to the police report.

Both Arnold, and his wife, Christine, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, sustained injuries as a result of the accident.

“The Driver of the motorcycle was transported to UAMS with a possible concussion,” said Sgt. Brian Dedrick, public information officer for the North Little Rock Police Department. “The passenger of the motorcycle was transported to Baptist with a leg injury.”

No citations were issued as a result of the accident.

The Arnolds were transported from the scene to their hospitals by MEMS.

The motorcycle sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage while the police cruiser had $1,000 in damage, according to the report.

Dedrick said city detectives arrived at the scene and interviewed witnesses. An investigation is ongoing.

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