A Pottsville man wanted on an arrest warrant for the charge of Negligent Homicide is now in custody. Shane Allen Walker, 26 of Pottsville was arrested by the Pope County Sheriff’s Office early Saturday morning July 17, 2021. After placing Walker into custody, he was transported and booked into the Pope County Detention Center.
Walker was wanted on the charge of Negligent Homicide following a fatal crash that occurred on August 7, 2020 on State Highway 105 South just before Sweeden Island Park. The fatal crash claimed the life of 21-year-old Chelsea N. Mullen and her unborn child.
At 12:57 p.m., August 7, 2020, Pope County dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a rollover motor vehicle accident that had occurred near 10897 State Highway 105 South in Pottsville. The caller advised dispatch that there were two occupants in the vehicle, the driver and a passenger and they were both injured and were trapped.
Upon receiving the report, Pope County 911 operators dispatched the Arkansas State Police, Pottsville Police Department, Pope County Sheriff’s Office, Pope County EMS 132, the Pottsville Fire Department and Pope County EMS Rescue 140.
Upon the arrival of law enforcement, officers found a red 2001 Dodge Ram on the north side of the highway that had come to rest on its roof in a ditch. As Pope County EMS 132 and the Pottsville Fire Department arrived on scene, they made contact with the driver and passenger of the truck and entrapment was confirmed. Additional rescue personnel arrived on scene and extrication efforts began in order to free the trapped occupants. According to a statement of an ASP trooper, while rescue personnel were extricating Walker, he seemed to be agitated and was being somewhat combative.
While the extrication efforts were underway, the Arkansas State Police began investigating the crash in order to determine how it occurred. Pope County Sheriff’s Office deputies and officers with the Pottsville Police Department assisted on scene and managed traffic control through the area as the accident was worked.
As responders continued working to free the trapped patients, dispatch was offered additional information from the scene and were informed that one occupant was deceased and the other had sustained serious injuries in the crash. At that time, the Pope County Coroner’s Office was dispatched to respond.
After the occupants were freed from the vehicle, EMS 132 personnel transported the injured driver to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and to receive treatment for the injuries the driver had sustained.
According to a preliminary report completed by the Arkansas State Police, when the crash occurred, the red Dodge Ram was traveling east on State Highway 105. The driver of the Dodge Ram, identified as Shane Walker, 25 of Pottsville, had just negotiated a curve to the left when he lost control of the truck. The rear of the truck began to rotate counter clockwise and crossed left of center into the westbound traffic lane. The vehicle left the north side of the highway and entered a ditch line. As the truck continued to travel east, it slid up a slight embankment and the right side of the truck struck a tree. After colliding with the tree, the truck rolled over onto its roof then came to rest.
Walker was seriously injured in the accident but his passenger, Chelsea N. Mullen, 21 of Pottsville, succumbed to the injuries she had sustained. It was later learned that Mullen was pregnant.
When the crash occurred, heavy rain was passing through the area and the roadway was wet.
Mullen was pronounced on scene by Pope County Coroner Danny White and her body was transported Lemley’s Funeral Home in Atkins.
According to documents filed in Pope County Circuit Court on May 6, 2021, following the accident that occurred on Highway 105 South, an ASP trooper responded to Saint Mary’s and obtained a urine sample from Walker. The sample was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for a toxicology test. After the sample was tested and analyzed, the Arkansas State Police received the results of the toxicology tests.
According to the Toxicology Report of Laboratory Analysis completed by the Arkansas State Crime Lab dated October 13, 2020, the results of the test showed Walker to be positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, ketamine and marijuana.
After receiving the toxicology report, the file that included the report as well as other information discovered in the Arkansas State Police investigation of the fatal crash, was turned over the prosecuting attorney’s office to be reviewed.
On May 6, 2021, 5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, Jeff Phillips filed the formal charges of Negligent Homicide, Reckless Driving and Driving While License is Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked against Shane Walker.
Upon filing the charges in Pope County Circuit Court, a warrant was issued for Walker’s arrest.
On Saturday, July 17, 2021, Pope County Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with Walker and he was arrested.
At 2:25 a.m., Walker was booked into the Pope County Detention Center for the charges of Negligent Homicide, Reckless Driving and Driving While License is Cancelled, Suspended or Revoked plus two additional charges of Failure to Appear.
Walker appeared in a bond hearing on Monday, July 19, 2021 and he was ordered to be held on bond in the amount of $2,500 cash only.
At the time this story was published, Walker remained in custody at the Pope County Detention Center.