Sheriff: Bail Bondsman Entered Sheriff’s Office High On Meth

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BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office arrested a bail bondsman Monday (August 10) after he entered the sheriff's office while intoxicated on methamphetamine, according to the sheriff.

Joshua Bradley, 29, came to the sheriff's office to bond out a client when a clerk at the jail noticed he was displaying signs of someone under the influence of drugs, Sheriff Kelley Cradduck said. Deputies then searched Bradley's vehicle and found he was carrying shotguns and other weapons, according to Cradduck.

When Bradley was brought inside for booking, deputies also found a small bag of methamphetamine, the sheriff said.

"They took off his socks and about a gram to a half a gram of methamphetamine fell out of his sock," Cradduck said. "His life is now changed forever."

Bradley is facing felony charges of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of DWI drugs and public intoxication, according to the sheriff's office.

"I am grateful for the fact that we had a deputy and a clerk that noticed his actions were so strange that they confronted him and did not allow him to leave before he could hurt himself or someone else," Cradduck said.

Bradley is also a former Conway County deputy and was carrying a badge, which he should not have, the sheriff said.

"Maybe this [arrest] gets his life back on track," Cradduck said. "If he was an officer before, he had interest in helping people and being a bondsman, maybe this is something that will help him."

Jail records show Bradley's bond has not yet been set.

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