Officer Suspended, Chief Resigns In Criminal Investigation

Highfill Police

Ed. Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated a Gravette police officer’s involvement with the case. No Gravette officer was implicated in the investigation.

A Highfill police officer was suspended and the chief resigned following a criminal investigation by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The county prosecutor says he will not file charges in the case.

The officer was suspended after residents entered the Highfill City Hall, complaining that the officer had broken into a home and stolen a Pea Ridge population sign, Mayor Stacy Digby told 5NEWS.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office investigated the officer and forwarded the case to Benton County Prosecutor Van Stone. Stone said he will not file criminal charges because his office and the Sheriff’s Office determined there was no criminal intent.

Highfill Police Chief Chuck Eggebrecht resigned earlier this week following a dispute with the mayor about the investigation. Eggebrecht disagreed with the mayor’s choice to suspend the Highfill officer, Digby said.

The mayor said the city is searching for a new police chief to replace Eggebrecht.

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