TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A man who said he wanted to know what would happen if he drove around with a clown mask on instead found out what it was like to be in jail.
Trumann police arrested Scott Wilson, 52, after they say he donned a clown mask and taunted a store clerk, scaring her enough to call 911. Police also charged him with possession of methamphetamine.
Sunday night officers responded to Murphy USA, 510 Industrial, regarding a man dressed as a clown sitting outside the clerk's kiosk.
As officers responded to the scene, the store clerk called dispatch and said the man had left the area in a blue Chevy Silverado pickup truck on Highway 69.
Officer Justin Hooton spotted the suspect's vehicle and pulled it over.
"The driver of the truck was wearing a white mask with orange hair," Hooton stated in his initial incident report. He described the mask as "very scary looking…with large teeth…and a very creepy smile."
Hooton handcuffed Wilson, patted him down, then read him his Miranda rights before asking what he had been doing driving around wearing the clown mask.
At first, Wilson denied the accusation. Then said he had just picked it up at Walmart.
When asked if he bought the mask, Wilson reportedly told Hooton he "picked it up and walked out with it because it didn't have a price tag on it."
Hooton explained that was shoplifting.
The officer then told Wilson 911 had received a call about his behavior at Murphy USA.
"He didn't seem to be phased by this," Hooton said. "He just grinned the whole time we spoke."
Wilson finally told the officer he "just wanted to see what it looked like to drive around with the mask on."
At that point, Hooton arrested Wilson on suspicion of shoplifting, harassment, and disorderly conduct. While searching his car, Hooton reported finding a "tooter" and two aluminum "boats" used to ingest methamphetamine. The boats also contained an off-white substance believed to be meth.
Hooton collected the evidence and took Wilson to the Poinsett County Detention Center where he was also charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance less than 2 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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