Searcy County man escapes injury when vehicle strikes power pole; arrest follows

A Searcy County man escaped injury but was arrested following a one-vehicle accident involving his vehicle striking a power pole.According to the probable cause affidavit, Searcy County deputies responded to a call of a reckless driver on Feb. 20. The caller noted the truck was going from white line to white line in the opposite lane of U.S. Highway 65 in the Leslie area. 

Dispatch later advised the vehicle had turned onto State Highway 66 headed toward Oxley and had struck a power pole while climbing the hill outside of Leslie.

The stopped vehicle was located with the driver’s door open. Law enforcement observed the driver, identified as 32-year-old Charles King of Leslie, staggering and stumbling around his vehicle.

King was observed having “extremely bloodshot and watery” eyes, with “extremely slurred” speech.

He told law enforcement, “I knew I hit something, but I didn’t know what.”

King was taken into custody and searched at the Searcy County Detention Center, where he was allegedly found in possession of small plastic bag containing a white powdery substance inside his jacket. The substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.

King was charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and furnishing, possessing prohibited articles. He also faces misdemeanor counts of DWI-drugs and reckless driving, as well as violations of striking fixtures upon roadway and report of accident required.

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