WISTER, Ark. -- Wister police arrested a man over the weekend after officers said he rammed a covered wagon into a patrol car.
Keith Woolery was charged with public intoxication and assault and battery with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
Most rely on cars to get around; Woolery depends on his mules and a covered wagon.
“I don’t usually have problems out of them. It’s just when they get spooked they do get sideways a little bit,” Woolery said.
Saturday night Wister police arrested Woolery after they said he ran from them in the wagon and rammed a patrol car.
The department refused to talk on camera about the arrest.
Investigators said Woolery smelled like alcohol when they stopped him.
“They did not find any open containers in my vehicle, nothing. We’d had some beers on the way from Heavener but as far as being public intox, no,” Woolery said.
According to a police report, Woolery allegedly rammed the police car three times with this covered wagon.
Woolery said his mules got spooked.
“They shouldn’t have parked that close and they shouldn’t have been trying to ram a mules head on with another car with lights and sirens going,” Woolery said.
Investigators claim Woolery refused to get out of the wagon.
Police said the suspect made the mules go faster.
Woolery said he wasn't trying to get away from police.
He said, “No, I was trying to stop the mules.”
According to a police report, an officer tased Woolery to get him in handcuffs.
Woolery said he has brakes on the covered wagon.
He said, “We can half-way break it, but we can’t just shut everything down. If we do they start skidding the tires. It don’t do no good. They just keep going. The harder it is for them to pull the more they pull.”
Police said the suspect was not charged with driving while intoxicated because he was not driving a motorized vehicle.