I've heard the expression, "I'd give my right ___ for a beer", and I
guess it must have originated in Arkansas.
Two local men were seriously injured when their
pickup truck left the road and hit a tree near Cotton Plant on State
Highway 38 early Monday morning.
Thurston Poole, 33, of Des Arc, and Billy Ray Wallis,
38 of Little Rock, AR, are listed in serious condition at Baptist
Medical Center. The accident occurred as the two men were returning to
Des Arc after a frog-gigging trip.
On an overcast Sunday night, Poole's pickup truck
headlights malfunctioned. The two men concluded that the
headlight fuse on the older-model truck had burned out. As a replacement
was not available, Wallis noticed that the .22 caliber bullet from his
pistol fit perfectly into the fuse box next to the steering column. Upon
inserting the bullet, the headlights again began to operate, and
the two men proceeded on eastbound toward the White River Bridge.
After traveling approximately 20 miles and just
before crossing the river, the bullet apparently overheated, discharged
and struck Poole in the right testicle. The vehicle swerved sharply,
exiting the pavement and striking the tree. Poole suffered only minor cuts
and abrasions from the accident, but will require surgery to repair the
other wound. Wallis sustained a broken clavicle and was treated
"Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston
shot his nuts off or we might have been dead," said Wallis.
"I've been a trooper for 10 years in this part of the
world," said Deputy Snyder, "but this is a first for me. I can't
believe that those two would admit how the accident happened."
Upon being notified of the wreck, Lavinia, Poole's
wife, asked how many frogs the boys had caught, "and did anyone think to
get them out of the
back of the truck."