PULASKI COUNTY (KATV) - A state police affidavit reveals details about an accident that killed a Saline County pastor and his granddaughter. Officers say Kareame Cotton, the man allegedly responsible for the accident, was intoxicated and driving too fast.
According to the affidavit, Cotton's speed was excessive. Investigation found 351 feet of skid marks before the crash, and the marks continued another 439 feet. Cotton was handcuffed and put in a state police cruiser that night. He allegedly failed four field sobriety tests.
"After he was taken into custody and handcuffed he managed somehow to get out of the car and tried to evade the police," said Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley.
The report states that Cotton slipped out of his handcuffs, unlocked the police cruiser and crossed a ditch to the access road where his parents were waiting in their vehicle. Police say they found him in the back seat of that car with a hood over his head to prevent detection.
Though state police had Cotton in custody, it wasn't until months later that he was arrested and charged.
"I would assume that the police have their reasons. I don't know. I have to respect the decisions they make out on the streets," explained Jegley.
Cotton made his first appearance in court Thursday. He is charged with negligent homicide. Cotton is being held on a $100,000 bond, which he is appealing.