Former Arkansas sheriff dies after Oklahoma vehicle crash

January 6, 2020 GMT

SPAVINAW, Okla. (AP) — A former northwest Arkansas sheriff has died after a vehicle crash in northeastern Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Kelley Cradduck, 49, of Rogers, Arkansas, was found dead Sunday afternoon after the wreck on State Highway 82 in rural Mayes County, the highway patrol said. According to a preliminary report, Cradduck’s pickup truck crashed into a sign and several small trees before flipping over several times.

There were no other passengers in the vehicle. The report said Cradduck was able to leave the truck and walk about 220 feet away from the truck, where he was later found dead.

Cradduck served as Benton County sheriff from 2013 to 2016, when he resigned. That same year, Cradduck pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor tampering charge after he was accused of falsifying an employee payroll request form and telling his assistant to lie about it.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.