On April 25, 2012 at approx. 6:39 AM Jailer Jacob Zulpo reported to Jail Administrator Tim Parks that inmate Bradley Roberts was having a seizure. Inmate Roberts was transported by GEMS ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Morrilton. Jail Administrator Parks was going to follow the ambulance in the car used for transports, but the battery was dead. So in order to get to the Hospital when the ambulance arrived he drove his personal vehicle. On his way to the Hospital he contacted a Reserve Deputy to come to the Hospital in a patrol car with a partition in it. The Deputy was going to come to the Hospital, but it was going to be a little bit before he could get there. Meanwhile the Hospital advised Tim Parks that the inmate had faked the seizure.
Parks stated that he had no one there to transport Inmate Roberts back to the Detention Center. So he took Roberts to his Pick-up and put him in his back seat. Parks stated that he buckled Roberts seatbelt and then set the child safety locks on the doors of the pick-up so Roberts couldn’t open the doors. Parks stated that Roberts asked him for a cigarette, Parks told him he didn’t smoke and that he wouldn’t give him one even if he did. Parks stated that Roberts continued acting strange on the way back to the Detention Center until they got into Oppelo. At that point Parks stated that Roberts asked him if he was going to still be in lock down and whether he was going to charge him with fighting in Jail. Parks advised him yes on the lock down and that he would have to discuss the additional charges with the Sheriff. At that time Parks stated that they were coming down Perry Mountain and Roberts rolled down his window. Parks asked him what he was doing and told him to roll the window back up. Roberts stated that he was hot and needed some air. Parks stated that he was trying to roll the window back up, but Roberts kept the window button held down so Park’s window button wouldn’t work. Parks stated that he ordered Roberts to roll the window back up again as he continued trying to roll up the window with his controls. Parks stated that he turned to observe traffic, while continuing to talk to Roberts and when he looked back Roberts was up in the window. Parks stated that he then slammed on his brakes but Roberts had already jumped from the vehicle. Parks stated that he pulled over and backed up a few yards and got out of his pick-up and started looking for Roberts. At first he didn’t see Roberts, he immediately called the Dispatch and advised them of what happened and asked for assistance. At that time Parks saw Roberts rise up out of the grass. Parks advised that Roberts tried to get up but he couldn’t because he had fractured his left ankle. Parks at that time called for an ambulance. Parks stated that Roberts continued to try to get up and he had to keep telling Roberts to stay down. GEMS ambulance transported Roberts to Conway Regional Hospital where he underwent surgery for a fractured Tibia (bone just above his ankle) and broke bones in both of his feet.
Roberts was released Saturday and is back in the Perry County Detention Center where he faces additional charges for Escape 3rd Degree, a class C Felony. Roberts was originally picked up for warrants out of New York State for child endangerment, unlawful imprisonment, Assault, and Harassment. At the time of that arrest he was in possession of Marijuana and was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a class A Misdemeanor.