Man Sickened After Using Horse Tranquilizers to Sleep

Sheriff's deputies say a Fort Smith man used horse tranquilizers to try to drift off into sleep at a Batesville motel.

Deputies say William C. Wilson, 30, was taken to the hospital around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Inside his room, deputies say they found syringes and three bottles of horse tranquilizers.

Deputy Anthony Carter says Wilson told him he used the drugs as many as five times that day to help him go to sleep.

Veterinarian Mark Williams told the Batesville Daily Guard that the drugs Wilson likely used are dangerous and tightly controlled. Williams says Wilson is "lucky to be alive."