Arkansas judge arrested after car chase

     (AP) – An Arkansas circuit judge has been arrested after

police say he was driving drunk through a DWI checkpoint in Johnson County and

had to be chased down.

     The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports 57-year-old Fifth Judicial Circuit

Judge William M. Pearson was arrested Friday night in Clarksville when troopers

at a sobriety checkpoint saw a pickup driven by Pearson fail to stop. Troopers

were pursuing Pearson for about 1.5 miles and eventually blocked him with a

state police patrol car when he tried to get back on the highway.

     Pearson was released from the Johnson County sheriff’s office early Saturday

after posting a $1,400 bond.

     Formal charges will be filed after the case is assigned a special prosecutor.

Pearson is scheduled to appear in court March 3.



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