Former Republican senator, lobbyist, and future federal prison inmate Gilbert Baker earlier today entered a negotiated plea to charges arising from his August 26, 2016 arrest for drunk driving.According to court records he pleaded guilty to first offense DWI and to refusing to submit to an alcohol test. A charge of driving left of center was dropped.
The records indicate he was sentenced to 48 hours in jail on each charge the DWI charge and given credit for 24 hours served on the night of his arrest. Baker has 30 days to complete the sentence, which will require a full 24 hours in jail.
Conway City Attorney Chuck Clawson said Baker was fined $225 on the refusal to take the test.
Baker had posted a bond of $1,395 to be released. That bond will be forfeited as a fine on the DWI charge, less $170, which was the bond for the driving left of center charge that wasn't prosecuted.
Clawson said one result from a blood test was in and it showed a blood alcohol level of .14.
A blood alcohol level of .08 is necessary for a conviction of DWI.
For years, Baker fought efforts to allow Conway restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages. Faulkner County is dry, but many restaurants now are treated as private clubs and allowed to sell alcohol.
We wonder if the ABC will look into where Baker was drinking the margaritas in Little Rock and cite them for over-serving him and letting him drive away after consuming all that booze?
|BAKER DOESN'T ALWAYS DRINK MARGARITAS, BUT WHEN HE DOES... HE GETS A DWI|