Man without pants arrested for DWI following wreck

JONESBORO, Ark. – After a man wrecked his vehicle Thursday in Jonesboro, he ended up in jail on suspicions of being drunk and driving.

Jonesboro police responded to the 4700-block of Colony Drive about a private property accident where the vehicle struck a building. Police arrived and found a wooden fence with a portion of it knocked down and on the other side, a tan Ford pickup – still running.

Police spoke with the driver, Patrick Henderson, 41, of Jonesboro, who was bleeding from the forehead and was not wearing any pants. The front windshield was busted from Henderson not wearing a seat belt and smashing his head against the glass upon impact. A strong odor of whiskey was protruding from the vehicle as well, with a half-full bottle of Zackariah Harris Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey being found.

One crucial item which was never found: his pants.

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A witness said Henderson had showed up to his workplace, the Human Development Center on Colony Drive, for an unknown reason. Workers suspected he was drunk and asked him to go home, to which he did. The next thing they knew, Henderson struck a building in his truck nearby.

While police spoke with Henderson, they reported the odor of intoxicants became stronger as he would speak. His speech was also very slurred, reported Officer Tanner Middlecoff.

“I asked him where his pants were and he could not advise,” reported Middlecoff.  He then stated he was not driving and that the operator of the vehicle fled the scene. I asked who was driving and where they went and Henderson could not advise.”

Henderson later admitted to another officer he had driven the vehicle. He consented to a blood draw after being taken to the hospital. Henderson was then arrested for a DWI and taken to Craighead County Detention Center, where he remains Friday afternoon as of 2:30 p.m.

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