A Marion County man, 30-year-old Stephen Brewer of Summit, has been sentenced to six years probation in connection with a head-on collision in April 2018 that sent two people to Baxter Regional Medical Center. In addition, under the terms of the negotiated plea agreement, Brewer was ordered to pay $87,000 in restitution, with $5,000 payable immediately.
Brewer entered a guilty plea to a felony count of second-degree battery in Marion County Circuit Court last month before Judge Gordon Webb.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Arkansas State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on the afternoon of April 8, 2018 near the west end of the U.S. Highway 62/412 Bypass at Flippin.
An investigation determined Brewer was westbound when his vehicle crossed the centerline of the roadway and struck an oncoming vehicle.
At BRMC, the state trooper spoke with Brewer and detected a “strong odor of intoxicants.” The Summit man consented to a blood sample being taken.
Analysis of the sample from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory reflected the blood samples tested positive for cannabinoids and reflected a blood alcohol content of .12. In Arkansas, when a driver’s BAC reaches 0.08 percent or higher, the person is driving while intoxicated.