A Hot Springs woman has been arrested after allegedly stabbing a man and then attempting to drive him to the hospital before wrecking her vehicle.
Paula Ann Holman, 41, of 143B Central Terrace in Hot Springs was arrested by Garland County Deputies and charged with Domestic Battery 2nd Degree. This charge is a Class B Felony, carrying a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Holman was also charged with several other traffic violations, including DWI, Careless and Prohibited Driving and No Proof of Insurance.
Holman has a court date of December 31.
According to the Garland County Sheriff’s Office, about 5:40PM on Wednesday, several units were dispatched to the area of Higdon Ferry and Twin Points to investigate a stabbing. According to dispatchers, Hot springs Police were on the scene and had identified a victim.
Upon arrival, Deputies noted a traffic crash. There was a silver car facing southbound on Higdon Ferry, just north of Twin Points with substancial drivers side damage and a red Honda Accord that was missing its front bumper and resting on the curb perpendicular to the road. Hot Springs Police Department units were talking to the driver, later identified as Paula Holman. Holman was being interviewed by officers and was seated on the curb near the Honda.
Deputies went to an ambulance that was already on the scene. They spoke to the victim, who was being treated by medical personnel for a stab wound to his torso.
Garland County Deputies also spoke to Holman. She identified herself and they could hear that her speech was slurred and saw that her eyes were glassy. Deputies asked her what happened. Holman advised that Vinson and an unknown male were arguing at their residence. Holman said that the man busted the windshield to Vinson’s car. Holman stated that the male stabbed Vinson in the stomach and she had elected to drive him to the hospital. She said she got distracted and crossed the center line and struck the other vehicle.
As she spoke, Deputies could see that there was blood on her left sleeve very clearly. Deputies could also see blood on her hands and that she had what appeared to be fresh abrasions on her hands, which was indicative of a recent struggle. Trooper Josh Heckel of the Arkansas State Police then took Holman aside to administer field sobriety tests. Holman was taken into custody for DWI by Heckel.
According to the report, the victim, Vinson was uncooperative on the scene, but said he would talk to deputies at the hospital.
At approximately 6:15PM, while Heckel was administering the field sobriety test, Deputies were approached by a woman who identified herself as Holman’s twin sister. She was very angry. She said that her husband went and picked up Holman’s daughter, from the Baymont after having been told that she was left there.
According to Holman’s daughter, she stated that her mother had stabbed the victim, and had left to take him to the hospital.
Holman was taken to the Garland County Detention Center.