Apparently, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree - Jeffrey Hendershott, son of disgraced former Maricopa County Chief Deputy David Hendershott, was arrested last Tuesday on charges stemming from a suspected DUI crash in north Phoenix, reports The Arizona Republic.
Phoenix police allege the 29-year-old ran a red light, struck another vehicle with his yellow Hummer H2, and fled the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured.
Under Arizona law, drivers are required to stop their vehicles in the event of an automobile accident and exchange information with those involved. Failing to stop after an accident that involves damage to a vehicle is a class 2 misdemeanor and can result in the suspension of the perpetrator’s driver’s license.
Hendershott was apprehended in a nearby neighborhood, and authorities reportedly found prescription drugs in his possession. A probable-cause statement by the police said Hendershott admitted to driving the vehicle and ingesting the drugs. Hendershott had faced a previous charge of marijuana use in 2003, but the case was dismissed by prosecutors.
Hendershott is the son of David Hendershott, the former right-hand man of controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The senior Hendershott was fired earlier this year after an internal investigation found he mismanaged the Sheriff's Office, abused his position, violated county policies, and was untruthful, according to The Republic.
With the junior Hendershott's recent arrest, the Hendershotts are back in Sheriff Joe's bad graces. According to the Phoenix New Times, Hendershott's mug shot was publicly voted the Mugshot of the Day, which is a feature of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office website.
Jeffrey Hendershott was booked in a county jail on two charges of driving under the influence and a charge of leaving the scene of the DUI crash. He was also given traffic citations for running the red light and failing to update his home address on his driver's license.
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