Wife of Former Benton Co. Sheriff Arrested

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- The wife of former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck was arrested on Thursday, police say. 

The Bentonville Police Department said Sabrina C. Cradduck, 30, of Rogers was arrested on suspicion of harassment and communicating a false alarm. 

The arrest was in relation to an incident that took place in July 2017, in the jurisdictions of of Bentonville and Centerton. 

On July 17, 2017, Cradduck called authorities to say a white Dodge Charger was following her everywhere she went. The suspect also said she was being harassed.

After viewing surveillance footage near Cradduck's residence, authorities said they learned she wasn't followed by the Charger, but she actually followed the vehicle for six miles. 

Because she initially told authorities the Charger was following her, police stopped it and pulled the driver out, putting him in handcuffs, court documents state. 

The driver's story contradicted Cradduck's account of events. After viewing the surveillance footage, investigators determined what Cradduck told police was incorrect. The driver of the vehicle was released.

Her account of being followed escalated the incident into a potentially dangerous situation, police said. That led to a warrant being issued for Cradduck's arrest. 

Centerton and Bentonville police both investigated the incident and sent a report to Special Prosecutor Jack McQuary. 

The former sheriff himself was investigated by the FBI on suspicion of tampering with evidence. He eventually resigned and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of tampering with evidence. For that, he was given six months probation. 

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