Man arrested in connection to deadly crash

Man arrested in connection to deadly crash

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Lake City man is under arrest in connection with a deadly accident that happened on Highway 18 earlier this year.

Captain Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Office confirmed to Region 8 News that John Ridge, 33, of Lake City was arrested Wednesday on a felony bench warrant for the wreck.

The crash, which happened Highway 18 near County Road 945, killed Kenneth Jackson of Blytheville.

Arkansas State Police report that on June 24, Ridge crossed the center lane of the highway and hit Jackson head-on.

A 14-year-old passenger in Jackson's vehicle was also injured in the crash, as was Ridge himself.

On Thursday, a judge found probable cause to charge Ridge with negligent homicide, second-degree battery, and driving while intoxicated.

According to court documents, a sample of Ridge's blood tested positive for benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, and methamphetamine.

His bond was set at $5,000 and a court date was scheduled for Nov. 22.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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