HOT SPRINGS, AR - The company which owns Brady Mountain Resort on Lake Ouachita says it does not intend to press charges against a Pulaski County deputy who allegedly rammed a gate
on its property, provided the deputy pays for the repair of the gate.
According to the Garland County Sheriff's incident report, Lt. Cori Lawson got in an argument with his girlfriend on July 6 and attempted to leave the resort. Instead of waiting for the gate to open, the report says, Lawson hit it with his truck, then backed up and hit it again, tearing it down.
Marinas International, owner of Brady Mountain Resort, said in a letter to the Garland County Sheriff that it will not file charges against Lawson but expects him to pay all of the repair costs for fixing the gate. The letter also states that the company may choose to file charges if all of the costs are not paid.
The damage to the gate is estimated to be $5,000.
The Garland County Sheriff's Department will continue its investigation into the incident.
"Our investigation will continue and, once complete, the case file will be turned over to Prosecuting Attorney Steve Oliver for final determination of charges," Lt. James "Corky" Martin said. "There is no time-line on that determination."
Lawson has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.