Medevac Company Drops $30K Transport Bill For Drew Co. Murder Suspect

MONTICELLO, AR -- A Missouri company dropped its demand for tens of thousands of dollars from a south Arkansas county after KARK started asking questions.

It all started March 14th in the parking lot a Save-A-Lot grocery store.  Drew County deputies say Jonathan Woods attacked a woman named Samantha Poole shooting her multiple times.
A medical helicopter was called to airlift Poole to the hospital, but she died before it arrived.

"Some way or the other, [Woods] ends up on the helicopter and gets transported," said Drew County attorney Cliff Gibson.

Woods had been shot by a Drew County deputy, but county attorney Cliff Gibson says it wasn't a life threatening injury.

Still, the helicopter flew Woods to a hospital in Pine Bluff.

"I don't know who made the call," said Gibson.

A few weeks later, Gibson says Drew County got a bill from Air Evac, the helicopter company, for $30,000.

"That's too much," explained Gibson.

The helicopter company contended Woods was transported as an inmate of the county.

Members of the Drew County Quorum Court discussed their options during a meeting earlier this month with the consensus that having to pay the bill would be a huge blow to the budget.

"If we ended up being responsible, then we were going to deal with it," said Gibson. 

Wednesday morning KARK called Air Evac to find out what was going on.  Shortly after, Gibson got a call.

"It was a representative of Air Evac, and they advise me they were no longer going to pursue any claims against Drew County regarding the matter," said Gibson.

Gibson said the representative didn't say whether Air Evac would seek to recoup money from another local agency.
The company did not respond to our request for comment.

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