Man accused of DWI after deputy finds him in a ditch

JONESBORO, Ark. – A man was arrested for careless driving and a DWI after authorities found him in a ditch with the stop sign under his vehicle.

At 3:47 AM Saturday morning, Deputy Dustin Norwood with Craighead County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch call near County Road 701 and County Road 702 (Google Map here), close to Brookland. Norwood reported encountering a male subject exuding a “strong odor of intoxicants” and having bloodshot-watery eyes, slurred and slowed speech, and a very unsteady equilibrium. He was identified as Elijah Rosten, 21, of Paragould.

The deputy’s report said Rosten claimed three others were with him and while driving, someone jerked his wheel sending the vehicle into the ditch. Norwood investigated the scene and found evidence of only one person ever being at the scene: Rosten.

“Also, during my encounter with Rosten, I administered a Portable Breath Test (PBT), which showed the presence of intoxicants on his breath (.15),” Norwood reported.

Rosten was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Careless/Prohibited Driving. He was booked into Craighead County Detention Center shortly before 5 AM Saturday and released at 3:35 PM that afternoon, records show. He was ordered to appear in the Western District Court of Craighead County at 1 PM on Tuesday, August 28.



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