Jesse Evans, Editor | Hempstead Herald

A man was arrested Saturday afternoon after crashing his truck on Bill Clinton Bypass at Hempstead 4.

Mike Matchett said he was headed west on the bypass just before 3 p.m. when a blue car crossed into his lane. When asked how far into his lane he said he wasn’t sure but it was far enough for him to decide to take the ditch.

Matchett’s maroon Ford F-150 left the north side of the highway, briefly turning sideways before straightening out, hitting the embankment of Hempstead 4 head-on and finally coming to a stop about 130 yeards later in the middle of Hempstead 4.

Officers from the Hope Police Department and Pafford EMS were dispatched to the crash. A nearby Arkansas Game and Fish officer responded and was first on the scene. A Hempstead County deputy also responded to see if HPD needed any assistance.

Matchett had obvious abrasions on his right jaw but refused to be checked by the paramedic.

While speaking to Matchett, officers appeared to become suspicious and conducted a field sobriety test on him. After conducting the test, Officer Freddie Parks placed Matchett in handcuffs and escorted him to his cruiser. Matchett was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center at approximately 4 p.m.

While the arrest was proceeded by a field sobriety test, it can’t be confirmed at this time what Matchett was charged with.

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