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Wreck leads to arrest

Friday, March 24, 2006

A Cherokee Village man is charged with disorderly conduct, refusal to submit, careless driving and driving while intoxicated following a wreck on Liberty Hill Road March 12.

Highland Officer Andrea Harrelson arrested Jordan B. Sample, 23, at the scene of the wreck near Liberty Hill Lane.

Sample was driving a 1998 Jeep Wrangler north on Liberty Hill Road when he crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2002 GMC driven by Terry Watson, 37, of Hardy head-on, Harrelson said. The wreck occurred around 1:30 p.m.

Harrelson said Sample's eyes were red and he smelled of alcohol, she said. Sample denied drinking or taking any medications or illegal drugs.

Sample's insurance card was expired, and Harrelson said she asked him to go get a valid card from his vehicle.

"When I got to him I was trying to ask him if he had found his insurance. Sample was not paying attention to me and was trying to use his cell phone to call someone. I then took the cell phone from Sample and told him he needed to calm down," she said.

Harrelson told Sample again to return to his Jeep, but he did not comply.

"I then started walking back to the scene of the accident while Sample followed, continuing to yell and scream curse words. Sample then went back to his Jeep, got in and turned the vehicle on, attempting to leave the scene," she said.

Harrelson said she ran to Sample's Jeep and reached into the vehicle and turned it off. Then she arrested him for disorderly conduct.

Sample said he was "not going to jail," Harrelson said. Harrelson handcuffed him and placed him in the back seat of her patrol car, she said.

"As I was talking to Watson, I heard Sample screaming. I looked in the direction of my vehicle and saw Sample halfway out of the vehicle. Sample had opened the back door to the vehicle."

Arkansas State Trooper Seth Higginbottom stayed at the scene until a wrecker arrived while Harrelson transported Sample to jail.

"On the way to the jail Sample was very loud, screaming and yelling, calling me curse words and telling me that this was all my fault," she said.

When Harrelson arrived Sample refused to take the breathalyzer test as well as a drug test, she said.

Sample later provided proof of valid insurance and was released by judge's order and sent to rehab, according to the Sharp County Jail records.



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