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story.lead_photo.caption William Asa Hutchinson III

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's son pleaded innocent to his fourth driving-while-intoxicated charge Thursday.

William Asa Hutchinson III's attorney, Chad Atwell, filed an innocent plea in West Fork District Court on Hutchinson's behalf Thursday, court clerk Vicky Mesplay said. His court date is set for Sept. 13.

Hutchinson was charged with DWI after Arkansas State Police stopped him around 3 a.m. May 28 near West Fork, according to police documents. Initial arrest reports say officers charged him with DWI, speeding and refusing to submit to a blood-alcohol content test.

Hutchinson was booked into the Washington County jail but was released on a $1,626 bond at 4:36 a.m.

According to arrest reports, Hutchinson, 42, was charged with DWI in 1996 and 2001.

Hutchinson had another DWI charge arising from a car accident on Jan. 24, 2016, on Interstate 49 near Fayetteville, where he reportedly crashed his pickup truck into a guardrail just before 4 a.m. State police responding to the crash described Hutchinson's eyes as "bloodshot and watery," according to police reports.

Hutchinson pleaded innocent.

In November of 2017, a Fayetteville judge convicted Hutchinson for driving while intoxicated, careless and prohibited driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test, but those charges were dismissed because of errors in citations.

A first citation marked the conditions during the accident as "daylight," despite the accident occurring at 3 a.m., and a second citation correcting the first listed the location of the incident incorrectly.

Atwell argued that Hutchinson never received the citation actually used against him in court and that the statute of limitations on the corrected citation had passed. Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay agreed; the case was dismissed in July 2017.

In May of 2016, after receiving the DWI arrest, Hutchinson was arrested on drug charges in Alabama that alleged he tried to sneak a psychoactive drug into a music festival.

Hutchinson is a lawyer in Rogers.


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  • Nodmcm
    July 20, 2018 at 6:41 a.m.

    If he would quit drinking, he might have a political career ahead. If he keeps this up and hits and kills someone on the highway while drunk, its going to put a circuit judge somewhere in quite a spot!

  • RBear
    July 20, 2018 at 7:28 a.m.

    So the governor approves the firing of probation and parole and now we see his son is about to enter that system that is running on reduced staff due to budget cuts. You honestly can't make some of this stuff up.

  • Winfield
    July 20, 2018 at 7:50 a.m.

    Seems like to me he has escaped proper punishment all the way around, oh, wait! He's the governors son. The end.

  • TimberTopper
    July 20, 2018 at 7:53 a.m.

    Where's all the Republican cries for "Lock him up". Oops, I forgot, that's just for non-Republicans.

  • mrcharles
    July 20, 2018 at 8:20 a.m.

    Politics aside if found guilty some jail time and definitely rehab. Odds are he is going to kill someone(s) & politics aside, he appears to be a killer waiting on an innocent victim , with intent he just dont know who it will be.

    Dont blame dad. This drunk is a grown man & , needs a knock up side the head.

  • Jfish
    July 20, 2018 at 8:23 a.m.

    Not quite TT, generally conservatives are on the side of, he needs to take personal responsibility and he deserves whatever a judge or jury decides. Rather than, he is probably predisposed to drinking because of his genetics.

  • eaglescout
    July 20, 2018 at 8:36 a.m.

    Here is another repeat offender not being dealt with. Now is the time to put teeth in it and help him feel the pain of his actions. Nothing will change until he feels the sting.

  • PopMom
    July 20, 2018 at 8:41 a.m.

    I don't think you can blame the parents though I think that he is killing Asa's chances of being president. I think the other kids are doing fine. One is even a Democrat. He needs some jail time to dry out. Many people drink. You just do not drink and drive. You walk to the neighborhood watering hole or uber. It's as simple as that. When he gets out of jail, he needs one of those cars that you have to blow into something to start it as a condition of parole.

  • LRCrookAttorney
    July 20, 2018 at 9:46 a.m.

    I agree with most of what you said PM, however, "When he gets out of jail, he needs one of those cars that you have to blow into something to start it as a condition of parole."
    This is just another one of the money grubbing a-holes that get the courts to fund money to a nonissue position. MADD and Interlock devises have both turned into "give me money" organizations. The interlock can be overcome just by having someone else blow into it and as to MADD, I have one glaring example:

    Client, 19 y/o male, got underage drinking in Hot Springs condo. Part of his punishment was 2 MADD courses at $150 each ($300) then $100 to reinstate license (side note is I have no idea what underage drinking has to do with driving but MADD lobbied GA to add as a punishment). Client goes back to school (University) in Arizona. Client takes two MADD courses in Arizona (they have them in every state $$$$$) for which he paid $300. Sent the certificates to Arkansas along with $100 reinstatement fee. State did not reinstate and said "Client, you must pay $150 to MADD in Arkansas to transfer certificates to Arkansas." Now client paid $300 for courses, $300 to transfer and $100 to reinstate along with court fees. Now it doesn't end, because Client goes to Arizona DMV (called something else there) to transfer license to Arizona. They wanted another $100 to reinstate and said anywhere he ever moves he will have to do the same. Rant to say, get rid of these money making groups and do something that works.

  • MaxCady
    July 20, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

    Somebody told him he drinks too much, he said, "no, I drink just the right amount!"