Arkansas State Police

Arkansas state trooper Mitch Smothers has resigned after being arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a minor following a single-vehicle accident Thursday night, Arkansas State Police announced Friday.

According to the release, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single-vehicle rollover wreck on Winn Creek Road at 9:30 p.m. Smothers, 31, was driving with two children in the vehicle. Arkansas State Police Colonel Mike Hagar confirmed no one was injured in the accident.

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“I’m deeply disappointed and thank God no one was injured,” Hagar said. “I’ve said from day one that when we mess up, we will dress up and fess up. This is a difficult moment for the Arkansas State Police organization, but we will manage it with transparency and integrity.”

Smothers, a former Razorback lineman from 2012-2015, was transported to the Washington County Detention Center. He was hired by Arkansas State Police in January 2021.

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