Man arrested in negligent homicide case, Randolph County sheriff says

Man arrested in negligent homicide case, Randolph County sheriff says

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - 3:27 p.m. UPDATE:  A man arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide had a blood alcohol level of .218, Randolph County authorities said Thursday.

Todd Padgett was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide, unauthorized use of an ATV and careless and prohibited driving in connection with the death of Zach Vandergriff.

According to a case summary report from Randolph County authorities, deputies went to the 1500 block of Heather Lane in Pocahontas around 2 a.m. on May 3.

The report noted Padgett had called 911, saying there was a four-wheeler accident.

"During the call, he advised dispatch that the passenger, Zach Vandergriff, is badly hurt and he is not breathing or responding," the report from Deputy Slade Weisenbach said.

Weisenbach then began investigating what led to the accident, authorities said.

"During the investigation of the accident, it was determined that Todd Padgett was driving the four-wheeler at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a left turn, causing him to lose control of the four-wheeler and to exit the right side of the roadway," Weisenbach said.

Both deputies and paramedics did CPR on Vandergriff, who was a passenger and later died.

Weisenbach interviewed two witnesses about what happened. A witness told Weisenbach that Padgett, Vandergriff and the witnesses were playing water pong. However, the other witness told police they were playing beer pong when Padgett and Vandergriff left.

Padgett was arrested Thursday and was released from custody, after posting a $1,405 bond, Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble said.

Padgett is set to be arraigned Jan. 11 in court, while a trial date of Feb. 8 was set, Tribble said.

According to Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble, a Pocahontas man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of negligent homicide in connection with a four-wheeler accident in May.

Todd D. Padgett was also cited with careless and prohibited driving as well as unauthorized use of an ATV.

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