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Top trial lawyer in Arkansas charged with DWI

By John Moritz

This article was published December 15, 2017 at 3:52 p.m.

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Jesse Gibson, the president-elect of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association who had been mulling a campaign for attorney general, was arrested Thursday night on a charges including driving while intoxicated.

According to booking information at the Pulaski County jail, Gibson, 43, was charged with a first-offense DWI, careless driving and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

He is set for plea and arraignment on Dec. 27, according to online court records.

According to a Little Rock Police Department arrest report at the jail, officers responded to an accident around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night near Gibson’s home on Edgewood Road.

Responding officers reported finding Gibson unsteady on his feet and smelling of intoxicants. Gibson refused a field sobriety test, they said.

Gibson, a Democrat, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette earlier this week he was considering challenging Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in her re-election bid next year, but had yet to make up his mind.

In a text message Friday afternoon, Gibson said he would not be a candidate for political office in 2018.

“I hope you can appreciate that I consider this a private matter that my wife and I are working through,” Gibson said, adding later, “it goes without saying I am deeply sorry for an inconvenience this may have caused the owner of the parked car.”

In addition to being the incoming head of the Trial Lawyers Association, Gibson serves on the House of Delegates for the state Bar Association.

His private firm in Little Rock, Gibson Law Firm, specializes in personal injury, civil litigation and medical negligence cases, according to his website.

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gagewatcher says... December 15, 2017 at 4:38 p.m.

Jesse you'll get over this never forget our past attorney general Steve Clark although stole from the state of Arkansas is now the director of the Chamber of Commence in Fayetteville your party has a forgiving nature just remember Bill and Steve. keep your chin up it could be worse you could have actually killed someone.

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BEARTRAP919 says... December 15, 2017 at 5:33 p.m.

What a sad end right at the time we need him most. There will be better days, Keep your Head up and Make more Correct Decisions.

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JPRoland says... December 15, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.

Thank goodness there was no one in the parked car. Thank goodness he didn't wipe out an entire family. If you're going to drink, use UBER!

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notbot says... December 15, 2017 at 6:32 p.m.

Uber or Lyft everywhere, man. By the time you’re drinking a little you’re sure you can handle driving anywhere.

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MaxCady says... December 15, 2017 at 7:14 p.m.

I don't think I've ever known a lawyer that wasn't a habitual drunkard!

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MaxCady says... December 16, 2017 at 11:38 a.m.

At least there wasn't a dead woman or live boy in his car!!

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