Judge Pleads Guilty to DWI, Will Speak to Students on Drunk Driving Risks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- A Johnson County judge pleaded guilty to DWI on Monday and will be required to give speeches to students on the dangers of drunk driving as part of his sentencing. 

Circuit Judge William Pearson was arrested in January after failing to stop at a police checkpoint along Arkansas 103, according to Arkansas State Police.  

Troopers attempted to pull over his truck for about 1.5 miles. Pearson eventually stopped near a business before attempting to drive back on the highway, authorities said. Troopers were able to block the truck from reentering the roadway.

Pearson was arrested about 9:30 p.m. on January 20 and booked in the Johnson County Jail.

Shortly after his arrest, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline Commission said he was suspended. He will remain suspended until after he has completed his disciplinary proceedings from the commission, officials said.

Court documents state Pearson pleaded guilty to reckless driving and DWI. He was ordered to pay fines totaling $1,829. He must also give three speeches on the dangers of DWI and drugs to college students, according to court documents.

The judge's driver's license will be suspended for six months, and he must complete a level one alcohol education course to get it back. 

Video of the judge's arrest on January 20 can be seen below. 


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