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Son Of Arkansas Governor Again Arrested On Driving While Intoxicated Charge

Asa Hutchinson III
Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
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Asa Hutchinson III
Asa Hutchinson III
Credit Washington Co. Sheriff's Office
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Asa Hutchinson III

The son of Gov. Asa Hutchinson has again been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated, authorities report.

An Arkansas State Police tropper stopped William Asa Hutchinson III in Washington County early Monday for allegedly driving 88 miles-per-hour in an area where the speed limit is 70. Hutcinson reportedly had bloodshot eyes, prompting the trooper to investigate whether he was intoxicated. He was speeding, DWI, violation of the implied consent law. The final charge was because he refused to submit to a test that would determine his blood-alcohol content.

Hutchinson was booked into the Washington County Detention Center just after 3 a.m. and bonded out about an hour and a half later. An initial court appearance is set for Wednesday at West Fork District Court, with another hearing scheduled for June 19.

Hutchinson had previously been charged with DWI in 2016 after crashing into a guardrail in Fayetteville, but that conviction was overturned on appeal.

Later that year he was arrested in Alabama for possession of the party drug MDMA. He pleaded guilty in that case and was sent to a pretrial diversion program. One of the conditions of that program was that he not be arrested for any criminal offenses.

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Michael Hibblen
As News Director, Michael Hibblen oversees daily news coverage for KUAR. He handles assignments for the news staff, helps develop story ideas and edits copy. Michael isresponsible for starting a news-sharing partnership between public radio stations in Arkansas in 2009 which laid the foundation for what became Arkansas Public Media. He is also a regular panelist and fill-in host on AETN's Arkansas Week, where journalists discuss issues in the news.