OUACHITA COUNTY, Ark. – A daring rescue during a rainstorm and flooding created a detour for two Southwest Arkansas police officers.
It happened early Friday morning as Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) Officers Richard Conkleton and Dylan McCrary were driving from Texarkana to the Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) in Camden for graduation after 13 weeks of training.
As they drove into Ouachita County on Hwy. 278 West around 6:30 a.m., they saw a small vehicle off the road in a culvert. Heavy downpour rains and rising water from flooding made it extremely difficult to see the vehicle from the road. The officers found a woman was trapped inside, unable to get out from mud and water pushing on the doors.
While Officer McCrary worked on getting the woman out of the vehicle, Officer Conkleton drove down the road to search for cell phone service to call 911 for assistance. Eventually officers were able to get the woman safely out. She was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Once the Ouachita County Sheriff arrived on scene, the officers continued their journey to ALETA, where they were able to clean up and graduate on time.