Saturday night Midland Boulevard accident leads to DWI and leaving the scene of accident charges
Walter Reese Robertson
An accident involving a car and a motorcycle on Midland Boulevard Saturday night has resulted in the arrest of a Fort Smith man for Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Offense) and Leaving the Scene of an Accident and put another person into an area hospital according to the Fort Smith Police Department.
Walter Reese Robertson, a resident of North 46th, not far from where the accident occurred, was released on Sunday after posting $3000 in legally sufficient bonds on the two charges and faces a preliminary hearing on the charges next week.
Officers were dispatched to 4002 Midland on the accident call on Saturday evening to find a motorcycle in the road and an injured driver. Eyewitnesses said an orange Audi exited the parking lot shared by two bars on the western side of the street at a high rate of speed and collided with the southbound motorcycle.
(Editors note: Today in Fort Smith was live on the scene moments after the collision and spoke with eyewitnesses who said Robertson pulled out of "the Branding Iron" parking lot, which we reported on a Facebook Live feed. That establishments shares a parking lot with another bar, Grand Dads, and TIFS has secured information that the second establishment was where Robertson was drinking. In addition, we have also learned that Robertson, who had an arrest for domestic battering in 2019, was involved in an argument with a female shorty before the accident occurred.)
After the accident, Robertson left the scene in his Audi, but eyewitnesses got his license plate number. Officers were able to track the vehicle down at the North 46th Street residence of Robertson and found the engine was still warm and there was damage consistent with the eyewitness accounts.
Robertson had returned to the scene of the accident on foot where he was identified by eyewitnesses and placed under arrest by officers after failing a field sobriety test. He admitted to officers that he had been the person driving the Audi during the accident.
One in police custody, Robertson blew a .195 on the breathalyzer. which is more than twice the legal limit n the state of Arkansas.
A second-offense DWI in Arkansas requires at least seven days imprisonment with a maximum sentence of one year and fines of $400 to $3,000. Arkansas law states that anyone who leaves the scene of an accident where a person has been injured may be charged with a Class D felony, and their license will be revoked.
The name, sex and condition of the motorcycle operator is unknown at this time.