Drunk Man Backed Over Jogger Who Flipped Off Son, Police Say


A Centerton man is out of jail after police say he drunkenly backed over a jogger who allegedly flipped off his son.

Thomas Brick Bradford, 51, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of aggravated assault, second-degree battery, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and public intoxication. He was released Monday from the Benton County Jail on $50,000 bond, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Bradford’s arraignment is scheduled for April 21 in Benton County Circuit Court.

Centerton police responded at 7:08 p.m. to an area near the intersection of Sorrento Drive and Messina Way, following a report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian. Responding officers found Kenneth Wilson, a jogger, covered in blood from head to feet, according to a probable cause report filed in Benton County Circuit Court.

An eyewitness named Shawn Lancaster told police he saw a sport utility vehicle stop while traveling along the road, back up and run over the jogger while going about 40 miles per hour, the report states.

Officers later found a Ford Explorer with its back glass shattered. Police interviewed the owner, Bradford, who told them he was driving his kids to a local pond to fish, when he passed the jogger in the road. The jogger allegedly flipped off his son, so Bradford stopped the vehicle and backed up to see what the problem was, Bradford allegedly told police.

The officer speaking with Bradford noticed a smell of alcohol, and Bradford slurred his words and had watery, bloodshot eyes, according to the preliminary report.

Bradford refused to take a field sobriety test and later had blood drawn to determine if he had been drinking, police said. He was arrested following an interview with investigators.


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