BY MELANIE BUCK –
Several city and county agencies were called out on Thursday, April 28, around 9 p.m. to search for a woman who had reported herself as being lost and injured. According to official reports, Polk County Dispatch received a 911 call from Michelle Brockway, of Mena, stating she was walking through the woods behind Stache’s and was lost. She said she had fallen and hit her head.
Brockway was advised by dispatch to remain where she was and a cell phone ping was conducted to pinpoint her location. Polk County Emergency Management, Mena Fire Department, and Mena City Police were involved in locating the woman. Officer Mike Wolf of Mena PD made contact with Brockway by cell phone and stayed on the phone with her until she was located. Around 10:45 p.m., she was found between Ward Creek and Sun Country Inn.
Brockway refused medical attention; however, after she was observed, officers noticed she was having trouble maintaining her balance, smelled of alcohol, and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. “Based on Brockway’s impairment, she was determined to be a danger to herself and others,” stated the report. Brockway said she had had “three shots of liquor prior to getting lost,” and refused a PBT. Officers placed her under arrest and once at the jail, Brockway agreed to the test. The results showed her to have a .234% blood alcohol level, three times the legal driving limit, .08%. Brockway was issued a citation for Public Intoxication.