The sheriff’s office conducted sobriety checkpoints across the county Saturday evening, funded by the Independence County Drug Free Communities Grant.

Of the 97 contacts made, 29 were given citations. There were three arrests and one DWI arrest. Additionally, the sheriff’s office responded to three domestic violence calls that all under investigation for charges.

Also, Sheriff Shawn Stephens responded to a two vehicle accident at Main Street and Broadway in Sulphur Rock Saturday night. Upon arrival Sheriff Stephens found Marlin J. Hambrick, 20, laying in the ditch being treated by first-responders. Witnesses of the accident said Hambrick was struck by a truck after he ran a stop sign while riding an ATV. Hambrick was transported to WRMC for treatment. The report states “Upon arrival at the hospital, Sheriff Stephens spoke with Marlin about how much he had to drink. Marlin stated he had drank 13 or 14 beer and 5 or 6 shots. Sheriff Stephens red the DWI statement of rights to Marlin who agreed to take a blood test. The blood was collected by staff at WRMC and sent to Arkansas Department of Health for processing. Marlin was released on citations due to medical treatment.”

Hambrick was cited with three misdemeanors. Underage driving under the influence, operating an ATV on a public street or highway, and disregarding a stop or yield sign.

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