Jeffery Hendershott in Close Race With Probation Violator for Sheriff Arpaio's Mugshot of the Day Contest

Jeffery Hendershott, who was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and DUI two days ago, is in a close race with an alleged probation violator for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Mugshot of the Day contest.

Someone out there seems to really want Carla Atkins, a 43-year-old blonde, to win. She's been staying ahead of the son of Arpaio's former chief deputy, David Hendershott, all day. But it's somewhat of a horse race on the "M.O.D. Leader Board" as these two go nearly neck-and-neck.

Click here to access Arpaio's site and cast your vote for the best of the accused.

We noticed again today that typing in Hendershott's name in the mugshot search field still doesn't bring up his mugshot, even though every other top contender for best mug is easily found with a name search. That's a heck of a coincidence, if it's a computer glitch.

Apart from all the mugshot fun, the Arizona Republic posted an update late last night on the arrest of Hendershott. Police say Hendershott ran a red light before striking another vehicle, then fled the scene. He had prescription drugs on him when police caught up to his yellow Hummer H2 in a nearby neighborhood, and he admitted to taking some of the drugs before driving. The article also mentions that Hendershott had a pot charge against him dismissed back in 2003.

Hendershott was among several friends and family members who are current or former employees of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office thought to have been hired at the request of his father. Despite the pattern of questionable hires, Pinal County investigators later determined David Hendershott didn't violate county policies on nepotism.

UPDATE: 4:08 P.M. -- Hendershott takes the lead...

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.