in January formal charges were issued by Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce and a warrant issued by Judge Harold Erwin on 32 year old Joseph Huddleston of Pocahontas for Negligent Homicide and Use of a Telecommunications Device While Driving. The charges are in connection with theÂ March 29th fatal accident he was involved in the claimed the life of a 16 year old, Eason Adams ofÂ Bono on Hwy 67 near the entrance to Williams Baptist University.Huddleston was witnessed by two seperate off duty officers driving erratic at a high rate of speed before he struck the Kia Septra head-on. According to Court Affidavits, Huddleston had been at an event at aÂ Jonesboro restaurant that served alcohol and a large bottle of liquor was found by investigators in the front seat of his vehicle. Huddleston was flown to a Memphis hospital before a legal blood draw could be obtained to check alcohol levels according to the affidavit.Crash data and information obtained during the investigation indicated that Huddleston was sending text messages at the time of the fatal crash. On Jan. 10th after reviewing the affidavit presented by prosecutors, Judge Erwin signed off on the warrant for his arrest. Huddleston was released on $25,000 Bond, his first court appearance is scheduled for today, Jan. 28th 2020.
Original StoryÂ From March 30th:Minor Killed In Two Vehicle AccidentÂ Friday NightAccording to the Arkansas State Police an unnamed minor was killedÂ Friday nightÂ in a two vehicle accident on HwyÂ 67 and Fulbright Avenue. The accident happenedÂ at 10:46 pminvolving a 2013 F-150 driven by Joseph Huddleston, 32 years old of Pocahontas and a 2003 Kia driven by an unidentified minor.According to the report, the vehicle driven by Huddleston crossed the centerline and struck the Kia head on.Hwy 67 was closed and traffic was rerouted around the accident for an extended period of time as the accident was investigated by the Arkansas State Police.Â Walnut Ridge Police, Walnut Ridge Fire, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies, numerous ambulances and a helicopter from Survival Flight all assisted with the incident.