Benton County Judge Cited for Public Intoxication


Benton County Judge Bob Clinard was arrested for public intoxication at Frisco Festival in Rogers.

Paramedics responded to the scene after Benton County Sheriff Deputies saw Clinard.

Judge Clinard says he was having a medical emergency and is now at NW Medical Center in Bentonville under a physician's care.

According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, there were multiple reports from people at the festival. Officials also say there was a strong odor of intoxicants on Clinard's person and in his vehicle.

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Below is the full report from the Benton County Sheriff's Office:

On August 22nd, at approximately 7:30 p.m., two Benton County Deputies, working foot patrol at the Frisco Festival on 1st street near Poplar when they were alerted by two citizens of an extremely intoxicated male walking on Cherry street who was “very drunk, and falling down”. They were given a description of the male and started walking toward Cherry Street. As they were walking towards Cherry a couple told one of the deputies, “Sir, if you are looking for the drunk man, he is over there (pointing west on Cherry) and he has his keys out”. The deputies then saw the subject leaning against a car trying to use a cell phone. The deputies both recognized the subject as Benton County Judge Bob Clinard.

Deputies report that Clinard was pressing numbers on the phone and saying the numbers out loud. He told them he was trying to call his wife to give him a ride but could not get in touch with her. Both deputies noted the Judge had a very strong odor of intoxicants on his breath and person. The deputies (along with a Rogers officer) started escorting the judge toward their vehicles which were a few blocks away. On the way, one deputy started video recording the escort. During the short walk, the Judge appeared to be in a highly intoxicated state. He was unsteady on his feet and nearly lost his balance and fell several times. One of the deputies asked if he was taking any medication, he said he had not.

At one point he told the deputies he thought he may need medical attention, they called for an ambulance. While waiting for the ambulance the Judge sat down on the curb, and one of the deputies had to brace his knee on his back to prevent him from falling over. He made a statement to the deputy “My wife is going to kill me”.

Once paramedics arrived, they informed the deputies his heart rate was extremely elevated and felt he needed to be transported. He was subsequently transported by ambulance to the hospital.

Deputies located his county vehicle near the intersection of 1st and Cherry Streets. The vehicle was unlocked. The deputies were instructed by Chief Deputy Holly to secure the vehicle and have it taken to the Sheriff’s Office for safekeeping.

Deputies later went to the hospital and issued the Judge a citation (in lieu of arrest) for Public Intoxication.

5-71-212. Public intoxication -- Drinking in public. (a) A person commits the offense of public intoxication if he or she appears in a public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance to the degree and under circumstances such that: (1) The person is likely to endanger himself or herself or another person or property; or (2) The person unreasonably annoys a person in his or her vicinity.(b) Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor

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